A new study by conservation group WildlifeDirect has revealed some disturbing figures on Kenyan wildlife management and policies for deterring poachers.
The study found that between January 2008 and June 2013, a total of 743 wildlife-related cases were filed in criminal registries across the country. Of these, only 4 percent of the offenders convicted of wildlife crimes, which involved killing wild animals and selling their parts, went to jail.
And for elephants and rhinos in particular, the report was grim. In cases regarding elephants and rhinos -- which can result in sentences of up to 10 years -- only 7 percent of offenders were jailed. Even worse, elephants and rhinos were the most often involved in poaching cases: