Preventing Rhino Poaching With Microchips

Rhino poaching kenya

CURATED BY NIKI DE WITT

In Kenya, rhino poaching has been increasing at an alarming rate. In order to put an end to this, Kenya will be implanting microchips in the horns of more than 1,000 rhinos. This strategy will allow each rhino to be tracked and if  the animal is killed, the poacher can be tracked for as long as the horns are in his possession. 

FROM TREEHUGGER

Though many strategies have been devised for catching poachers in the act, the death toll of rhinos continues to rise. Kenya is pushing back with a massive effort, microchipping more than 1,000 rhinos to catch poachers.

Just this year we’ve sadly seen titles to articles that spell out doom for wild rhinos, including: “¨Rhino poaching has gone up 5000% since 2007“¨Poachers have killed more rhinos this year than ever before“¨Poachers have now killed all the rhinos in Mozambique

And that’s just this year. There is little time left for rhinos, and Kenya, a country so dependent on tourism based on its wildlife — including iconic species like rhinos — is taking action”….Continue Reading

Niki De Witt headshot 150x150 A New Zen Terminal for Incheon Airport ABOUT THE CURATOR

Niki is currently exploring Asia while working on a children’s book series about travel. As a child, she traveled and moved often for her parents’ jobs. As a result of this, she has always felt most at home when she’s off and away. She is interested in international films, working on building an impressive tea collection, and can often be found with her camera in hand. You can have a look-see at her blog and follow her on Twitter @nikidding.

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