Let the counting begin! Balala launches National Wildlife Census

By Naomi Njoroge On Fri, 7 May, 2021 12:24 | < 1 min read
Image: COURTESY Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala during the launch of National Wildlife Census-2021.

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife on Friday, May 7 officially launched the National Wildlife Census 2021.

In an event held at Shimba Hills National Reserve in Kwale County, Tourism CS Najib Balala noted that this is the first of its kind which entails conducting a comprehensive National Wildlife Census.

“This will be Kenya’s first National Wildlife Census, conducted on land and sea,” Balala tweeted.

Balala called on wildlife officers to not only offer data but also give more details and science in order to provide solutions in terms of the model of conservation and co-existence.

The National Wildlife Census will be conducted for three months and will entail aerial census in all wildlife ecosystems; Tsavo, Maasai Mara, Amboseli, Laikipia-Samburu, Meru, Garissa, Wajir, Marsabit, Turkana, Marine animals, and freshwater birds within the Coast & Major Rivers.

The CS noted that Kenyan government is ready to work with Tanzanian government to sign bilateral agreements that will ensure a smooth wildlife transboundary between the two countries.

CS Balala called on all wildlife officers to ensure they only release official communication to the public to avoid misinformation.

He stated that Human-wildlife conflicts have been rampant in the recent past and the government is yet to settle over 14 billion to cater for deaths and injuries caused by these conflicts.

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