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Anti-poaching unit deployed to Mara to protect elephants

Friday, October 18, 2013 - 00:00 -- BY KIPLANG'AT KIRUI

A special anti-poaching unit has moved to Narok county to help reduce the menace in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. Kenya Wildlife Services Narok chief warden Benard ole Koruta said the anti-poaching unit will team up the local KWS rangers.

 He said they will hold regular patrols in areas where poachers have been killing wild animals. This comes after 20 elephants were killed in the region in the last two months.

“The team will help to contain the marauding poachers by hunting them down. We are not going to leave anything to chance until the poachers are arrested,” Koruta said yesterday.

 He asked residents to be vigilant of people with the intention of killing the wildlife for their personal gains. Koruta said KWS will not relent in their efforts of protecting the wild animals.

 Last week, KWS rangers shot and seriously injured a poacher and arrested another in Sagamian location in Narok South district after they were found with tusks worth Sh2 million.

 The rangers, who were acting on a tip off from the members of the public, pretended to be prospective tusk buyers and made contacts with the poachers.