August 31, 2009

Wild Animals not spared by drought

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 4:47 am

Nairobi national park has eight new rare residents – white rhinos. The huge animals have been moved from Lake Nakuru to save them from starvation as their former habitat has been hard hit by drought.The acute shortage of pasture has forced the Kenya Wildlife Service to relocate the huge herbivores to the Nairobi Park.

Ten rhinos were to be moved but KWS rangers were still searching for two females. The white rhinos were targeted for relocation because of their rarity not only in the country but also in the world.

The number of white rhinos is also being reduced at Nakuru National Park to prevent injuries that a result of territorial fights as dominant males fight young adults.

Nakuru National Park has been hit hard by the drought that has resulted in rivers that traverse the park drying up and the level of water in the Lake Nakuru going down due to the destructive human activities in Mau forest.

The white rhinos bear the brunt as they are grazers and depend on grass in contrast to their cousins, the black rhinos, which feed on shrubs and trees.There are 327 white rhinos compared to 609 black rhinos in Kenya.

August 28, 2009

Beach operators to move out by October 2009

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 12:29 pm

The relocation programme  of over 2,000 beach operators which is being opposed by a section of Coast Members of Parliament kick off at the end of next month.The ministry of Tourism will build at least 400 stalls along the access road road to the beaches will start at the end of October.

The move is to address and deal with the tourist harassment along the beaches which is a major factor affecting tourist arrivals. About 60% of tourists who visit the country complain of harassment by beach operators who aggressively sell their merchandise to tourists strolling along the beaches.

The relocation project will coast the government Sh 100 million and will involve the building of 400 modern stalls. The relocation programme has since last year been dogged by opposition from a section beach operators will be denied an income.

Plan to save the seventh wonder of the world

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 3:00 am

The Kenya Wildlife Service has proposed a strategic plan to save wildlife and eco-system in the Mara. The strategy seeks to eliminate human-animal conflict and review construction of hotels and tented camps inside the park. Similar plans are at play at the Tsavo National Park. In Tsavo a plan dubbed Tsavo eco-region conservation management plan calls for the reduction of human -wildlife conflicts, prevent poaching and stabilize population of lions.

The plan will lead to demarcation and restoration of the destroyed animal paths, dispersal areas and reduce encroachment of the park and improve the locals people. If embraced communities will be involved in the management and protection of wildlife. Tanzania authorities who manage the Serengeti national park will be roped in.

The proposal will address the conservation of forests that act as migration corridors. If the Mara and its ecosystem is to be preserved, an inter-departmental approach between the ministries of Land, Environment, Tourism and Wildlife and forestry will be necessary,

The Maasai Mara has 2,000 elephants and 4,060 hippos. While Tsavo on a 40,000 square kilometre is home to 12,000 elephants. There are 32,000 elephants in Kenya.

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