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Kenya to use drones in uphill battle against elephant, rhino poachers

Published on Mar 26, 2014 2:13 AM
 

NAIROBI (REUTERS) - Kenya plans to deploy surveillance drones to help fight elephant and rhino poachers and has introduced stiffer penalties for offenders, officials said on Tuesday.

Poaching has risen in recent years across sub-Saharan Africa where well-armed criminal gangs have killed elephants for tusks and rhinos for horns that are often shipped to Asia for use in ornaments and medicines.

"We will start piloting the use of drones in the Tsavo National Park eco system, one of the largest national parks in the world," said Patrick Omondi, deputy director for wildlife conservation at the Kenya Wildlife Service.

Mr Omondi said the surveillance aircraft would be imported, but did not give details of how many or at what cost.

 
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