Gone to pot: Covid-hit Kenyans kill endangered wildlife for food

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Gone to pot: Covid-hit Kenyans kill endangered wildlife for food

Giraffes and elephants stand no chance against a populace left penniless by the pandemic

Will Brown

In parts of Kenya, the economic damage wrought by the coronavirus pandemic has been so catastrophic that people have started to kill endangered wildlife for food.

Last week, trekking with rangers through the Tsavo conservation area, a region larger than Wales in southeastern Kenya, we found a Masai giraffe that had been stripped bare by poachers for bushmeat.

“They have really done a hell of a job on this one,” muttered a ranger, pointing at a mass of bloodied bones, organs and skinned hide. “They’ve even cut the meat out from in between his ribs.”..

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