Nairobi, Jan 4 – A Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) team is carrying out an ear-notching exercise on black rhinoceros in Tsavo East National Park, fitting the animals with horn transmitters and microchips, a measure in the implementation of the country’s Black Rhino Recovery Action Plan.

Ear-notching involves cutting off small section(s) of the ear in a V shape to give an individual rhino a unique identification feature to enhance monitoring and provide accurate population estimates as guided by the IUCN Species Survival Commission’s rhino monitoring protocol.

The activity is being undertaken with aircraft support from National Air Services Department (NASD) and Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (SWT).

Kenya is a stronghold of the eastern black rhinoceros (Dicerous bicornis michaeli) conservation, hosting an estimated 800 individuals managed as a meta-population (national herd). The country accounts for approximately 80 per cent of the sub-species.