Kenya targets poachers

The Kenyan government has recently ramped up its anti-poaching operations; promising that KWS would be deploying 1000 more rangers to reinforce wildlife security efforts.

Noting that the country had lost 74 elephants to poachers since the start of 2013 government spokesman Muthai Kariuki said that the rangers would get cutting edge training and equipment.

At the same time he made the point that current anti poaching laws were far too lenient and did not provide an adequate deterrent. He argued for stiffer penalties and jail terms.

Kenya lost 289 elephants to poachers in 2011 and 384 in 2012.