Four suspected poachers have been arrested in connection with the killing of a female Black Rhino at Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia County.

Two of them were arrested in Kiritiri, Embu County, where two rhino horns were recovered following a massive search by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers.

Mr Aggrey Mauno, the KWS assistant director for the Mountain Conservation Area, said the other two suspects were arrested Tuesday near the conservancy and were taken to court on Wednesday.

Mr Maumo said security officers were pursuing one more poacher over the killing.

“They could have used a poisoned arrow to kill the animal because the carcass had no gunshot wounds,” he said.

The dying rhino was spotted by Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) rangers during a late night patrol. They noted its two horns were missing and alerted managers.

The rhino was about 12 months pregnant and had a two-year-old calf who was spotted alone and uninjured on the conservancy a few hours later. The calf is being closely monitored.