September 2014

Poachers killed in shoot-out at Kenya's Chyulu Hills


In early September, the Big Life Foundation team received reports of men entering Kenya's Chyulu Hills National Park. This immediately set alarm bells ringing - the wild and inaccessible parts of Chyulu Hills are home to a small genetically unique population of Eastern black rhino, and are a prime target for rhino poachers.

Upon receiving the alert, the Big Life Foundation team rushed their rapid response unit to the area, where they joined the Big Life Foundation and Kenya Wildlife (KWS) ranger teams already on the ground.

The Chyulu Hills in the wet season, lush and green, with the well-concealed buildings of Ol Donyo Wuas lodge in the middle distanceThe units spread out, setting ambushes and combing likely areas for signs of poachers. This continued for four days. The habitat of the Chyulu Hills contains thick dense bush making it incredibly challenging to detect poachers. The teams began to wonder if the poachers were still there. 

And then it happened. The poachers were moving out of the park, unsuccessful in their mission to kill a rhino, and possibly aware of the manhunt. The three men walked straight into a KWS ambush. The poachers, armed with AK-47s, defied orders to surrender, and there was an exchange of fire in which all three were killed.

According to Jeremy Goss of Big Life

While one is never happy to report on death, we are glad that it was not a rhino on the receiving end of the bullets this time. These poachers were willing to kill, rhinos and people, to achieve their goal. Thanks to the well-coordinated action of the Big Life and KWS rangers, and particularly KWS in the final situation, they were unable to do either.


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(5) Comments

  • Kim Sokoloff
    26 September 2014, 01:22

    At long last, some great and encouraging news!

  • Barbara Edwards
    29 September 2014, 18:20

    Well done. About time these misery makers got their come uppance. Shame they don't have a horn for us to chop off!

  • Anonymous commenter
    16 October 2014, 07:55

    Killing is never victimless. Yet, poachers need to be in a definitive mindset when wake up setting out to kill for profit...the small money is simply not worth the likelihood of being shot to death.

  • Alana B.
    09 March 2015, 19:49

    I am in 6th grade and am doing a project on poaching and how bad it is. Thank you for having this site to help me out. I am kind of glad those people got what they deserve after doing it to so many others. My favorite endangered animal would either be the rhino or the yangtze finless porpoise(a type of dolphin)

  • Anonymous commenter
    17 May 2015, 15:33

    Not a lot of information on this, seems copied from big life website, I.e. the the guys who shot them, sounds kind of sketchy. Didn't say they we're shot at.

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