Published: Mon, July 16, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

In Kenya after transport to new Park killed eight rhinos

In Kenya after transport to new Park killed eight rhinos

In the loss of rare rhinos, the government of Kenya has suspended the program for the transportation of animals in the wildlife reserves.

"Preliminary investigations by KWS veterinary teams attribute the deaths to salt poisoning as a result of taking water of high salinity on arrival in the new environment", he said.

A black rhino. Seven have died in unclear circumstances at the Tsavo East National Park.

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Eight black rhinos have died in Kenya while being transported by the state wildlife service between two national parks, Tourism Minister Najib Balala said on Friday in a statement.

Seven critically endangered black rhinos are dead following an attempt to move them from the Kenyan capital to a national park hundreds of miles away. These findings are consistent with cases of salt poisoning in other animal species, indicating a challenge in the translocated rhinos' adaptation to the change from fresh water to saline water in the sanctuary.

The government statement said the salty water most likely led to dehydration in the rhinos, which then prompted them to drink more water, exacerbating the problem.

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The surviving rhinos are being corralled into fortified sanctuaries with the aim of enhancing breeding.

"We invited Prof Peter Gathumbi, a Senior Veterinary Pathologist from University of Nairobi, to Tsavo to carry out independent investigations, where he collected samples on July 12 and would present his report in a week's time", he said.

Conservationists in Africa have been working hard to protect black rhinos from poachers who attack them to get their horns. Kenyan vets put Sudan down, after he became ill.

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