Two southern white rhinos have been shot and killed in central Kenya, and their horns stolen.
The raiders gained access to the highly secured electric-fenced Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Meru County around 11pm Friday night, Chief Operations Officer Dr Tuqa Jirmo confirmed.
In a statement to media, he said; “This incident serves as a reminder that the threat from poaching is ever present, and all sanctuaries holding rhinos cannot afford to be complacent. The poaching scourge and illegal rhino horn trade continue to put the survival of rhinos at risk across the continent.”
He added that the conservancy is working with the police and Kenya Wildlife Service over the incident.