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Cattle In The Parks And Reserves


Well, if you are a regular Safari goer, you might have noticed that some
seasons are dry while others are not.

In the dry season, you will often see a Maasai moran with his cattle plying the different
routes or parks, in search for grassland for his cattle.

You will wonder if this is allowed as a practice as it would be shocking
for you to see cattle criss-crossing the highways in Amsterdam or
some other city in the First World.

However, in Kenya, this is a normal site in the dry season and it is
not total illegal for cattle to cross into some areas in protected parks.

Cattle owners are aware of the areas in parks that they can venture into, and there is a
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) they must respect,
that allows such entry to parks to minimize human-wildlife conflicts
in communities who reside close to national parks.

This also prevents the needless death of cattle during dry spells.
Without such provisions, cattle owners would be risking arrest by ‘trespassing’
into protected areas such as national parks, as they cannot just
sit back and watch their herds die of hunger.

This also ensures that cattle that stray into national parks are not killed by rangers as this would lead to
unending wars between cattle owners and park managers.
This MOU therefore prevents this from happening and ensures that both sides are happy.