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Published on : Thursday, April 28, 2016
Kenya has made commendable strides on her wildlife conservation efforts despite the challenges of poaching, the government stressed in a statement.
Kenya’s Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala says enhanced awareness, among the communities along the parks, national reserves and sanctuaries on how to co-exist with wildlife was bearing fruits.
Balala made the remarks after visiting giraffe centre, elephant sanctuary and ivory burning site at Nairobi National park.
“I have visited these conservational facilities as we demonstrate to the world that Kenya is strong on conservation of her wildlife heritage, a major tourism product that the country is known for”, he said.
His tour to the conservational sites is one of the activities to project Kenya’s seriousness on conservation ahead of ivory and rhino horn disposal exercise slated for 30th April 2016.
He said the ivory burning will demonstrate to the world, Kenya’s zero tolerance to the illegal ivory trade.
“The disposal of ivory is of huge significance given the fact that the stockpile will be the largest in the world to be done at one go,” he added.
Balala said that besides stiffer penalties to punish those engaging in illegal wildlife trade, the government has taken a proactive role of community involvement.
He said promotion of alternative income of communities living around game parks and wildlife reserves to ensure they are not a threat to natural habitats has boosted conservation efforts.
“Wildlife has made Kenya a safari destination to visit and therefore a pulling factor for tourists to the country the status we must protect at all cost,” said the Cabinet Secretary.