The Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said on Friday that the migration of the endangered black rhinoceros ceased immediately after the death of eight rhinos in a new refuge in southern Kenya.
According to a statement by Najib Balala, the Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, a preliminary investigation by the Kenyan Wildlife Service veterinarian found that after drinking high salinity water after arriving at the new environment, Lead to death.
“High salt levels lead to dehydration, triggering a thirst mechanism that leads to excessive salt intake, further exacerbating this problem,” Barara said.
He said the government asked for an independent investigation and said that if the results of the investigation show that the staff of the Kenya Wildlife Service Bureau is “negligent or unprofessional misconduct”, disciplinary action will be taken.
The dead rhinoceros was 11 rhinos that were transferred from Nairobi and #to a new shelter in Tsavo National Park in the east to start a new population in the area. The move is handled by the Kenya Wildlife Service and is financially supported by the WWF or the WWF Kenya branch.
Officials say the three surviving rhinos are being closely monitored by veterinarians and park management teams.
In a statement to CNN, WWF Kenyan CEO Mohamed Aville said, “The three rhinos were dug on average every day, so any loss was particularly painful.”
WWF Kenya also expressed support for the “initiation of an emergency independent assessment” to determine why black rhinos died.
According to the Kenya Wildlife Service, as of the end of 2017, Kenya had 745 black rhinos. Through resettlement and density management, conservationists want to increase growth rates and strengthen the population’s gene pool. The goal of the Kenya Wildlife Service Center is to establish a national group of 830 black rhinos by the end of 2021.
“The transfer of wild animals of this size is challenging and risk-free,” Awer said. “But the black rhinos face enormous threats, so trying and better protecting them, such as translocations, is crucial for future generations. ”