Nairobi National Park has more than doubled its land size to 78,000 acres after two institutions agreed to integrate their land with the wildlife conservancy.
On Thursday, September 24, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Swara Plains Conservancy declared their 32,000 and 15,000 acres of their land respectively to the conservancy.
“I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the two conservancies on behalf of the government and the people of Kenya for this wonderful gift that will ensure our unique biodiversity thrives for posterity. This will be an essential wildlife corridor, for the animal population in Nairobi National Park,” said Tourism Cabinet Secretary (CS) Najib Balala.
This now links Nairobi National Park to Machakos County to interconnect with Swara and ILRI conservancies.
In a colourful ceremony held at Swara Plains Conservancy, CS Balala handed over registration certification for the two conservancies.
The Tourism and Wildlife ministry is also seeking to add 2,000 acres of land from Sheep and Goat Ranch to the Nairobi park.
“On the Northern side, we are looking into acquiring 1,500 acres of land to extend the Nairobi National Park to Ngong Forest. We hope that all this will enable Nairobi National park to be listed and declared a world heritage site,” Balala said.