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KWS Celebrates 13th World Rhino Day and Unveils 7th Edition of Black Rhino Recovery Plan (2022-2026

Nairobi, September 22, 2023: The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) orchestrated a nationwide celebration to honor World Rhino Day and launch the groundbreaking Black Rhino Recovery and Action Plan. The event took place at the Nairobi National Park Club House, marking a significant milestone in Kenya's commitment to rhino conservation.
Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage, Hon. Peninah Malonza, lauded Kenya's achievements in rhino conservation spanning three decades since the establishment of KWS in 1989. She emphasized that Kenya faces numerous threats, including climate change, habitat loss, poaching, and human-wildlife conflicts, all of which impact the survival of endangered species, including the black rhino.
CS Malonza highlighted the importance of wildlife and heritage to Kenya's thriving tourism industry, contributing significantly to community livelihoods. She stressed that the government has developed laws and policies while also being a signatory to international agreements like CITES, aimed at securing wildlife resources for current and future generations.
The CS announced that the Black Rhino Recovery Plan, implemented over six editions, has more than doubled the black rhino population from under 400 individuals in 1989 to an estimated 1,890 rhinos by the end of 2022. Kenya now ranks third globally in black rhino populations. The plan's new goal is to boost black rhino numbers by at least 5% by 2026, further suppress poaching, and maintain low mortality rates.
Malonza called for innovative strategies like the use of drones and forensic evidence, increased law enforcement, and expanding protected areas to secure rhino habitats. She also expressed gratitude to the KWS staff, the County Government of Narok, private and community rhino areas, and conservation partners for their dedication to rhino conservation. She praised the creation of the Wildlife Research and Training Institute (WRTI) for its role in supporting rhino research programs and informed decision-making. Overall, the event underscored Kenya's unwavering commitment to safeguarding these iconic creatures for generations to come.

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  • Ann Nyambura

    36 w

    I'm excited to see the positive impact that this plan will have on black rhino populations in the coming years.

    • We Don't Have Time

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      • George Kariuki

        37 w

        KWS has really done a good job in protecting this endangered species. There's still more that can be done.

        • Grace Njeri

          37 w

          Rhinos are keystone species that help shape entire ecosystems.

          • walter lungayi

            37 w

            Kenya's commitment to rhino conservation is commendable, as demonstrated by the launch of the Black Rhino Recovery and Action Plan. The use of innovative strategies like drones and forensic evidence, increased law enforcement, and expanding protected areas to secure rhino habitats is crucial in combating the numerous threats faced by these endangered species.

            • johnte ndeto

              37 w

              Having been a victim of poaching rhinos are now safe and this really is appealing

              • Nahashon Wanjiru

                37 w

                Kenya should put more effort to save them

                • rosebellendiritu

                  37 w

                  Rhino is one of the endangered species,it ought to be protected,good that this launch will care for them even more

                  • Jane Wangui

                    33 w

                    @rosebellendiritu we have lost so many Rhinos over the years and now we have to protect those that have been left to prevent them from going extinct.


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