'A complete disaster': 8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

'A complete disaster': 8 endangered black rhinos die in Kenya after relocation

The dead animals were among 14 in the care of state officials from the Kenya Wildlife Service for the move from Nairobi.

Balala added the high salt levels could have led to dehydration and led to "excess water intake" that would worsen the rhinos' health.

It has suspended the ongoing move of other rhinos with the surviving ones being closely monitored.

The deaths were due to salt poisoning after the animals drank water with a high salinity upon arriving in their new environment, preliminary investigations by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinarians found, according to a statement from Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala.

Kenya had a rhino population of 1,258 in 2017 of which 745 are black rhinos, 510 are southern white rhinos and three were northern white rhinos, having grown from less than 400 rhinos in the 1980s.

Kenyan conservationist Paula Kahumbu told AFP news agency: "Something must have gone wrong, and we want to know what it is".

"Rhinos have died. We have to say it openly when it happens, not a week later or a month later", she said.

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"At a time when three rhinos are poached on average a day for their horns, any losses are particularly painful", WWF Kenya CEO Mohamed Awer said in a statement to CNN.

The relocation of endangered animals - known as translocation - involves putting them to sleep for the journey and then reviving them in a process that carries risks. Kenya's black rhino population alone stands at 750, the World Wide Fund for Nature estimates. In May, six black rhinos were moved from South Africa to Chad, restoring the species to the country in north-central Africa almost half a century after it was wiped out there.

Eight black rhinos died in a relocation attempt in Kenya meant to protect the species from human interference, officials announced Friday, as reported by the Associated Press.

Eight endangered black rhinos died after being transported to a new wildlife reserve in Africa.

In Kenya, home to 80% of the global population of black rhinos.

In another major setback for conservation, the last remaining male northern white rhino on the planet died in March in Kenya, leaving conservationists struggling to save that sub-species using in vitro fertilization.

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