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SOS Rhino : In the News : Archived News : September 2001 : Wildlife Body in US $10m Project for Rhinos

Wildlife Body in US $10m Project for Rhinos
September 20, 2001

The Kenya Wildlife Service started moving rhinos in an operation which will cost Sh800 million (about US$ 10 million). Four rhinos will be transferred from Solio Ranch in Laikipia District to Meru National Park, the KWS director, Dr Nehemiah Rotich said.

The money, which will also be used to rehabilitate roads leading to the park and ongoing construction of electric fencing, was donated to the KWS by two donors. The organisation received Sh550 million from France while the rest was given by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Mr Rotich said the park was once a home to rhinos before they were killed by poachers. The KWS wants to ensure that by June 2002, it will have finished moving ten more black rhinos, the director said, presently there is only a lone animal.

The rhinos have increasingly become endangered in Kenya with only 490 of them remaining.





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