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A photo of a black Rhino. /REUTERS
A photo of a black Rhino. /REUTERS

Good news as one of Nairobi National Park’s black rhinos has birthed her eighth born female calf.

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One of Nairobi National Park’s black rhinos has birthed her eighth born female calf. The rhino being in the list of camera-trap shy rhinos lives in the forested parts of the park.

“…the rhino being in the list of camera-trap shy rhinos lives in the forested parts of the park,” Kenya Wildlife Service said via Twitter on Tuesday.

With the poaching of rhinos and their dwindling numbers across the country, this has come as good news for the Service.

On May 5, three black rhinos were killed by poachers in the Meru National Park and their horns hacked off.

The three included a calf.

Wildlife population has increased over the last two years with Kenya now having the fourth largest number of elephants at more than 34,000.

Read; Security tight after three rhinos killed

In 2013, Kenya lost 59 rhinos to poachers compared to 35 in 2014. The figure reduced to 11 and 10 in 2015 and 2016 respectively

Three hundred and eighty-four elephants were killed by poachers in 2012, compared to 302 in 2013.

The figure reduced to 164 in 2014 and 96 in 2015.

The KWS has performed exceptionally well in the protection and breeding of Kenya’s rhinos.

Whilst nine were poached, 98 births were recorded by last November.