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Pregnant black rhino killed in Ol Pejeta

ENDANGERED: A rhino at Ol Pejeta on August 12, 2014.
ENDANGERED: A rhino at Ol Pejeta on August 12, 2014.

Armed poachers on Tuesday killed a pregnant black rhino and removed her horns at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county.

The carcass of the rhino, which was 12 months pregnant, was discovered by Kenya Police Reservists on patrol.

The management said the horns were missing. Two suspects were arrested.

Elodie Sampere, the communications manager at the conservancy, said the rhino had a two-year-old calf that was uninjured.

“The two-year-old calf was spotted a few hours later and is being closely monitored,” she said in a statement yesterday.

The conservancy alerted the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers and police, who mounted a massive search, which included aerial operations.

“Working closely with KWS and the authorities, we managed to apprehend suspects while investigations are ongoing,” Sampere said.

Mountain region head of conservation Aggrey Maumo said the horns are yet to be recovered.

Nanyuki residents were subjected to spot checks by the police.

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