Microchip implants could stop rhino poaching

Kenya is planting a microchip in the horn of every rhinoceros within its borders, as part of a bold plan to crack down on poaching. The WWF has provided the country with more than 1,000 microchips and five scanners, which will allow officials to track Kenya’s fragile rhino populations, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said in a statement this week.

The idea is that tracking each rhino will allow authorities to monitor the animals more closely, while supporting anti-poaching and trafficking measures. Officials hope this surveillance will further deter poachers from slaughtering rhinos, which, like elephants, have been targeted for their ivory horns.

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