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Conservation In Kenya


There are many bodies that are dealing with conservation efforts in Kenya.
The government has stepped up efforts to try and restore forests in Kenya.
Most conservation is done by conservancies and communities
bordering the parks.

The government through the Ministry of Natural Resources has underscored
the importance of working with local communities that
reside near the forests to conserve and restore the areas.

For example, Mau Forest, an important water catchment area in Kenya,
cannot be left untended, nor should the water be
over-used and depleted by those living near or inside the forest.

This would ripple into a chain of disasters as most
rivers in Kenya have their source in this catchment area.
In some instances, people have been ejected from such
areas to avoid overuse of natural resources especially in water catchment areas.

There are many projects one can volunteer in and help with planting trees,
collecting garbage, educating children, and so on.

Donor and Academic agencies and bodies from the First World have spent a lot of
resources and time to work with local ones like the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
to conserve the environment.

For example, the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary is one such collaborative conservation effort.

Other such projects focus on conserving the elephants, cheetahs,
gravy zebras, lions, giraffes, and other animals.

The most successful model of conservation in
Kenya has been through conservancies, as these efforts include locals
and help establish lasting solutions to human-wildlife
conflicts that often erupt in such areas.

It is important to note that the biggest threat to wildlife comes
from the livestock rearing communities who reside inside or close to wildlife reserves,
especially during dry spells where pasture and water is hard to
come by for their livestock and their families.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is often drawn to
increase understanding and reduce human-wildlife conflict.
Sometimes fences may be erected to stop the livestock from
encroaching into wildlife areas, and vice versa.

Mostly, conservancies are managed privately without government
intervention, except where wildlife is threatened.

In such cases, the Kenya Wildlife Service officials intervene,
although this is rare.

A conservancy Safari in Kenya would be a unique experience for you.

You can visit a conservancy on horseback, walking or biking,
and get an up-close-and-personal experience with the wildlife often only hear
of in the West, or only get to see in a zoo.

The experience is extra ordinarily unforgettable.

For lovers of conservation, you can also view closely some of the
most endangered wildlife species with the help of professionally
trained guides.

Lastly, tourists often get to visit local community projects that the conservancy is
involved in, and this provides a unique chance to interact with local
community cultures and even make friends.

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