Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Peninah Malonza, visited the larger Tsavo Conservation Area to assess the effects of the ongoing drought on wildlife, and to look into the mitigation measures the Ministry is taking to conserve our wildlife.
The CS noted that in the last 8 months, a total of 1198 Human Wildlife Conflicts (HWCs) cases have been reported and over 95% of these reported cases are attributed to elephants, who move out of their traditional habitats in search of pasture and water.
Water provision to wildlife through water trucking and construction of all season water pans, maintaining of damaged electric fences and other infrastructure hotspot areas, and fire management and control through development of fire management plans, conservation education, firebreaks and fire preparedness procedures, are some of the mitigation measures effected by the Kenya Wildlife Service to curb the drought and reduce HWC conflicts.
The CS was accompanied by the Director General Kenya Wildlife Service, Brig. (Rtd) John Waweru; and Director/CEO Wildlife Research and Training Institute, Dr. Patrick Omondi.