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Seven rhinos die after move to a new park in Kenya

AFP  |  Nairobi 

Seven out of 14 critically endangered black rhinos died after being moved to a new reserve in southern Kenya, wildlife officials admitted today.

Wildlife Service (KWS) has refused to comment on the rhinoceros deaths but, speaking on condition of anonymity, one said, "Seven of the rhinos died but it has not been established as to why."

A second KWS also confirmed the deaths but said an investigation had to be carried out before the information was made public.

The relocation of endangered animals -- known as translocation -- involves putting them to sleep for the journey and then reviving them in a process which carries risks.

But the loss of half of them is highly unusual.

The black rhinos were moved from and national parks to last month in an operation trumpeted by He has yet to comment on the tragic outcome.

Prominent Kenyan said officials must take responsibility and explain what went wrong.

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

"Something must have gone wrong, and we want to know what it is." Save the Rhinos estimates there are fewer than 5,500 black rhinos in the world, all of them in Africa, while Kenya's black rhino population stands at 750, according to the

According to KWS figures, nine rhinos were killed in last year.

In May, three more were shot dead inside a specially-protected sanctuary in northern and their horns removed, while in March the last male northern white rhino on earth, an elderly bull named Sudan, was put down by Kenyan vets after falling ill.

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 16:45 IST