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Poachers kill two rhinos in Kenya

by fwire  Jun 2, 2013 03:45 IST

Nairobi, June 1 (IANS) Wildlife authorities of Kenya Friday launched a major manhunt for poachers who killed two rhinos and a calf in Naivasha, about 90 km from capital city of Nairobi.

According to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the operation has been launched after armed poachers broke into Oserian private sanctuary and killed the rhinos amid rising demand for ivory in Asian countries .

The east African nation has also lost 21 rhinos and 117 elephants to poachers since the beginning of 2013.

Out of these elephants, a KWS official said, 37 were killed in protected areas while 80 outside protected areas.