Target: Director of Kenya Wildlife Service William Kibet Kiprono
Goal: Remember four rhinos killed in Kenya for their horns
In rural Kenya, four rhinos were killed by poachers for their horns, marking the worst rhino poaching incident to have struck the country in 20 years. Park rangers and animal conservationists are appalled and saddened by the loss of life. These animals should be remembered in an attempt to tell poachers that we care about the survival of our wildlife for future generations to enjoy.
The poaching took place on July 9th, under the cover of night in the private Ol Johi ranch near Nanyuki, 120 miles north of Nairobi. Paul Muya, a spokesperson for Kenya Wildlife Service, told Reuters that the rhino bodies were found in two separate locations, and the poachers were able to get away with three out of the eight rhino horns. This has been the worst poaching incident since the Meru Park attack in 1998, where five white rhinos were killed. In 2014 alone, 22 rhinos have been killed in Kenya, leaving 1,037 rhinos left in the wild.
Despite heightening security and strict penalties, poaching is still a huge problem in Africa, where animals such as elephants and rhinos are killed for their tusks and horns. These pieces are shipped to Asia to be made into ornaments and medicine.
Unfortunately, the illegal wildlife trade is one of the most profitable global trades, rivaling the drug industry. So long as profits are high, these killings will continue. These rhinos need to be remembered. As more and more people pressure the government and its people to save these animals, poachers will be less inclined to hunt these animals. Send this message to the Kenya Wildlife Service, and let them know that there are still human beings who care about our wildlife.
Dear Kibet Kiprono,
Recently, Kenya lost four rhinos to poachers who killed these magnificent creatures for their horns. The loss of life has both saddened and angered me. These rhinos were killed for their body parts, which is fueling the illegal wildlife trade overseas. While countries are doing their best to stop the demand for ivory, the profits are too enticing.
I am writing to remember these rhinos and to also tell you that I care about the well being of these animals. Do not falter and continue to provide for them. Rhinos need to be around for future generations, and if our conviction is strong enough, we can end poaching once and for all.
[Your Name Here]