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Chips for RHINOS! and It’s not the kind you EAT..:)


Microchips to protect Rhinos in Kenya –

(article courtesy of the WWF )

Nairobi, Kenya – Efforts to conserve Kenya’s dwindling population of rhinos is set to get a significant boost when WWF-Kenya hands over 1,000 microchips and 5 scanners to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) today. The equipment valued at over KES 1.3 million will be instrumental in strengthening active rhino monitoring as well as stockpile audits (of rhino horn).

With poachers getting more sophisticated in their approach it is vital that conservation efforts embrace the use of more sophisticated technology to counter the killing of wildlife. The deployment of specialized rhino horn tracking systems combined with forensic DNA technology will allow for 100% traceability of every rhino horn and live animal within Kenya. This will serve to strengthen rhino monitoring, protect the animals on site and also support anti-trafficking mechanisms nationally and regionally.


Furthermore, investigators will be able to link any poached case to a recovered or confiscated horn and this forms crucial evidence in court contributing towards the prosecution’s ability to push for sentencing of a suspected rhino criminal. These technologies are now being used internationally in support of criminal justice responses to wildlife crime as well as strengthening inter-agency collaborations (between customs, police, justice, wildlife agencies and defense).

At a continental and worldwide level, these technologies will expose the rhino horn trade chain and facilitate the dismantling of the networks that promote and sustain the International Wildlife Trade (IWT).

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Toto the Fighter-Animal of the Week

His leg is so swollen, his wrinkles had straightened out.

His leg is so swollen, his wrinkles had smoothed out.

Kenya-Thanks to Fly4Elephants, a young elephant was spotted by air patrol staggering in the bush. He had been speared with a poisoned tip. Barely able to stand, the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service) deployed a veterinarian to the area to assess his condition.

On Feb 15 the veterinarian darted him and treated him with pain killers and antibiotics. He seemed ok that day and the next.

Feb 17 he was seen in a pond, eating and drinking. A good sign! The next day he seemed somewhat relaxed and even tried to knock down a tree.

Sleeping with his head resting on the tree.

Sleeping with his head resting on the tree.

Feb 20, the veterinary team darts him again to clean his wound. He is startled by the dart and falls down on his bad leg. The team gets him up after a great deal of effort.

Feb 21, he is sleeping with his head on a tree. He is very uncomfortable and cannot lie down. Everyone fears he seems to be giving up.

Feb 22, He is desperate for sleep, and has lost weight. The decision is made is relieve him of his suffering and put him down. The vet will come out tomorrow.

Feb 23, To everyone’s surprise, there seems to be slight improvement.

A visit from family.

A visit from family.

Feb 24, The little bull had a visit from his family today. There was a herd of over 150 elephants. Amongst them a family of 5 or 6 peeled off and spent time with him, stroking  and  touching him all over … they were very reluctant to leave him.

Feb 25, In the morning Toto was eating, still  hanging on.  Then in the evening,  just a few hours ago-he chose a final resting place and passed away. It was the same resting place another bull elephant had died in 4 months ago. Is it a coincidence his family visited in the last hours? Did they come to bid farewell?

This brave soul fought hard, and suffered much, but his pain is over, his journey has ended. Rest in peace Toto. Let your struggle be a wake up call, a lesson for all of us on the tragedy of poaching.

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