2020 Was a Great Year for Rhinos – Not a Single One of Them Killed by Poachers in Kenya

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2020 for sure will not be remembered as one good year, but for sure it was quite a year that will stay in people’s memories. But as it turns out, it was a good year for rhinoceros in Kenya, where for the first time in 21 years, not a single rhino died at the hands of a poacher.

While the whole world was dealing with the pandemic, that was not the only reason that stopped poachers from killing rhinos in Kenya.

Even though pandemic was a worrying situation, also with a worrying drop in tourism down to 92%, Kenya Wildlife Service still didn’t take a break from doing its job. They credited a multi-faceted approach and investment in intelligence for their successful anti-poaching efforts and strengthened collaborations with the law enforcement agencies and the local communities.


“Without tourists I think poachers might think KWS had gone to sleep, but instead we did the reverse and enhanced our efforts,” said KWS Director General Brigadier John Waweru.

They used sever strategies in their mission to stop poaching of rhinos. One of those strategies has involved tagging and tracking individual rhinos.

“The exercise entails cutting off a combination of small section(s) of the ear in a V shape to give an individual rhino a unique identification feature,” a KWS statement explained. The notches also help KWS keep an accurate count of the rhino population.

The notching exercise also included fitting horn transmitters and microchips on the rhinos.

The other important thing they did is working with the community and helping them understand their value to wildlife and who the coexistence is important.

“Wildlife does not belong to KWS, it belongs to every Kenyan; it is our shared heritage.” It’s not just rhinos benefitting from the increased anti-poaching efforts, either. In 2020, Kenya managed to get elephant deaths from poachers down to just 11 from 350 five years previous, the lowest ever recorded for a year.

20 Pictures of German Shepherds That Show You How Adorable and Loving They Are

I believe you all have heard of German Shepherds. They are the most steadfastly loyal companions, and consistently rank at the top of the most popular dog breeds, and it’s easy to see why. German shepherd dogs (GSD) are noble, diligent, loyal, and highly intelligent dogs. They are large in size and have very streamlined, athletic builds that make them both strong and agile.

Though they are excellent herding dogs, German shepherds are very well suited to work as service animals, such as guide dogs for the blind. They are excellent performing as working dogs, especially in police and military operations. They also make highly effective guard dogs. Of course, the German shepherd dog also makes a wonderful companion in the right home.

One of the most recognizable breeds today, German shepherds are celebrated for their impressive balance of power and grace. They surely mark a presence in your heart as well. To all of those who own a German shepherd, they will strongly agree to that fact.

Below we’ve made a list of their adorable pictures, and they will make you fall in love with this breed once more.

1. My boy Kenzo, my soulmate. He’s a real gentle giant with a puppy personality. 

                        Kennym00n

2. My baby had a photoshoot and I chose the photo that really shows her personality 

                                oiwtfm8 

3. My baby girl met her brother again after 3 weeks 

                     MiniMiaBoss

4. I, for one, feel safer knowing there’s a German Shepherd in the Oval Office. 

                           lklement 

5. Finally broke it to her that she was adopted. 

                           Anutka25

6. My family has always had a love for shepherds 

                   heathrawr101

7. Now this is funny and cute 

                             DevinG3 

8. My Flynn 8 Months old Рfor contrast My husband is 6ft 2in 

                              Allula102

9. Our boy passed his test, he is officially a therapy dog! 

                        ThatsSooMe 

10. Me and my boy, Bauer 

              LandSharkSupply 

11. Went to the shelter just to see, came home with this beautiful boy. Meet Fenrir aka Finn.

                  xceptn2therule 

12. This pup helped me survive through medical school 

                               rhettb13 

13. Meeka realized she can stand in the pool 

                             Sirjangly 

14. People tend to be scared of my pup when I take her out but she’s probably more loving than most people tbh 

                        elbikter

15. We’re super cute. Give us your lunch! 

                         KatAttack07 

16. We found Lucy on a desert highway when she was 4 weeks old, today she celebrates 10 months. 

                        KingJewffrey 

17. She’s just so cute I can hardly stand it! 

                         keekslarue 

18. Levi sporting a baby carhartt coat 

                     alexandria666

19. Kato mastered “sit” and “stay, so now we are moving on to “defensive driving”¬†

                                Reddit

20. I just can’t get over his face 

                                   0x211

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