The rhino was one among 11 moved to the Tsavo East Nationwide Park this month. One rhino who survived the switch was injured by a lion in an assault at its new house, Tourism Minister Najib Balala instructed reporters Thursday.
Wildlife officers are monitoring the rhino intently because it undergoes therapy, he mentioned.
An investigation concluded a lot of the rhinos died after consuming water with a excessive focus of salt at their new house. Consequently, they suffered from dehydration, higher respiratory tract micro organism and gastric ulcers, Balala mentioned in an announcement.
“The excessive salt ranges led to dehydration that triggers thirst mechanism, leading to extra water consumption of the saline water that additional exacerbates the issue,” Balala mentioned.
Wildlife officers had performed water and surroundings high quality assessments on the new park, however the outcomes weren’t thought of earlier than the transfer, he mentioned.
He blamed the animals’ loss of life on negligence, and poor communication and coordination among the many officers concerned within the switch. A number of wildlife officers have been suspended over the botched switch.
Why had been the animals moved?
The rhinos had been moved from Nairobi and Lake Nakuru nationwide parks to Tsavo East Nationwide Park to start out a brand new inhabitants within the space.
“At a time when three rhinos are poached on common a day for his or her horns, any losses are notably painful,” mentioned Mohamed Awer, CEO of World Wildlife Fund Kenya.
By way of relocation and density administration, conservationists hope to extend the expansion price and strengthen the inhabitants’s gene pool.
Rhino conservation is essential
Rhinos are focused by poachers, fueled by the idea in Asia that their horns remedy varied illnesses. Consultants say the rhino horn is changing into extra profitable than medication.
All 5 remaining rhino species worldwide are thought of threatened, in line with the conservation group Save the Rhino.
Consultants say if poaching continues, rhino deaths might surpass births.