The news coming in from Nairobi Kenya reveal that private ranchers for instance Claus Mortensen are now working hard to see to it that they protect animals like the rhinos from the illegal hunters. These animals’ horns are sold in Asian where they use them to make medicine and making ornaments thus the reason why they are on high demand. Although Mortensen and a number of other ranchers are working hard to see that they protect these rhinos and elephants from getting killed to the last one, they are still finding it hard to maintain these animals since the their costs are pretty high for them to handle but they are still keeping them on their vast remote reserves.
Mortensen is the manager of the Mugie ranch which is about300 kilometers (186 miles) north of the Kenyan capital Nairobi and keeping it safe from poachers requires a number of helicopters and airplanes so said Mortensen. He added that there are now 20 rhinos which were resettled in the on this piece of land which is about 18,000-hectare (44,000-acre) sanctuary in 2004 although in 2008 poachers entered the reserve struck and killed one animal then took its horns for sale and after this incident, poaching continued one incident after another.
The main challenge the private ranchers are facing is the expense that they have to incur to keep these animals safe. They have hard to increase on the number of rangers on their reserves therefore increasing on the costs to an average $1,200 which is 900 euros per month and all this is done to keep the keep the rhinos alive. 1 rhino is as expensive as $150.
At the moment, Kenya is in position number 3 with the highest number of rhinos of about 600 black and 300 white rhinos which are still surviving the attacks from poachers and in 2009, it was Kenya’s worst year when 12 black and six white rhinos were poached. Poaching is influenced by the readily available market for the products in Asian and Middle East who need them to make traditional medicines for fevers, convulsions as well as an aphrodisiac. The horns are rich in keratin which is also found in animal hooves, human nails and hair, although this substance has got no importance medically, Asians still demand for it. The more the Asian economy grows, the more the demand for these items increase because there is even a market authorized to deal in illegal horns so said Patrick Bergin, the director African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) which is found in Washington.
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