8 endangered rhinos killed in transport
Eight endangered black rhinos have died from dehydration after being moved between Kenyan national parks, the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife said Friday. The eight rhinos were among 11 recently relocated for population management reasons, and the remaining rhinos are now being closely monitored for signs of illness and have been given fresh water in water pans. The ministry said investigations “attribute the deaths to salt poisoning as a result of taking water of high salinity on arrival in the new environment.” “The high salt levels lead to dehydration that triggers thirst mechanism, resulting in excess water intake of the saline water that further exacerbates the problem,” it said. The ministry said disciplinary action would be taken if any wrongdoing or negligence is found to have occurred. Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu, who is also the CEO of Wildlife Direct, called the incident a disaster and blamed Kenya Wildlife Services, the government agency that carried out the move. There are about 5,500 black rhinos left in the world.