Four suspected poachers arrested over killing of rhino in Ol Pejeta

The rhino also had a two-year old calf.

Friday February 26 2016

White Rhinos grazing at the Ol Pejeta

White Rhinos grazing at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia County on August 5, 2014. Four people have been arrested over the killing of a pregnant black rhino at the conservancy. FILE PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Four suspected poachers have been arrested in connection with last Tuesday’s killing of a pregnant black rhino in the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia County.

Two of the suspects were arrested in Kiritiri, Embu County, where two rhino horns were recovered following a massive search by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers.

Mr Aggrey Mauno, the KWS assistant director for the Mountain Conservation Area, said the other two suspects were arrested Tuesday near the conservancy and were taken to court on Wednesday.

Police reservists patrolling the conservancy discovered the dead rhino. They noted its two horns were missing and alerted managers.

Ms Elodie Sampere, the conservancy's communications manager, said the rhino also had a two-year-old calf.

“She was about 12 months pregnant and had a two-year-old calf, who was spotted alone and uninjured,” she said.

Mr Maumo said security officers were pursuing one more poacher over the killing.

“They could have used a poisoned arrow to kill the animal because the carcass had no gunshot wounds,” he said.