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Four black rhinos die mysteriously in Kenya

  China View
2005-05-18 01:47:18

NAIROBI, May 17 (Xinhuanet) -- Four black rhinos have died under mysterious circumstances while being translocated into a local ranch in central Kenya, wildlife authorities disclosed here Tuesday.

"Four of the 10 black rhinos moved from the Nairobi National Park to Laikipia West Ranch have died of unconfirmed causes. One died at the Nairobi National Park while the three others died at the release point in Laikipia West Ranch," the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a statement.

The KWS said it has immediately instituted investigations into the possible cause of the deaths.

"Whereas theories have been put forward to explain these tragic incidents, KWS has instituted full investigations into the possible causes of these mortalities. This will include postmortem analysis of the dead rhinos and intensive interviews with all parties concerned," the KWS said.

The rhino translocation is part of the National Black Rhino Management Program.

Black rhino is one of the most endangered wildlife species in the world. Kenya is home to 84 percent of the Eastern sub-species of black rhinos in the wild.

There are about 3,600 rhinos in the world and the east African nation hosts 458. Enditem

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