Taita Taveta, KENYA: Cases of Poaching in Tsavo National Parks in Taita Taveta County have reportedly decreased significantly.
According to Kenya Wildlife Service- KWS, the sharp decline is due to cordial relationship between KWS rangers and the community where the 2 National Parks-Tsavo East and West- are situated.
The senior warden in charge of Taita Taveta County, Kenneth Ochieng, said KWS has been conducting sensitization seminars for residents on the importance of human-wildlife co-existence.
Ochieng’ said statistics on threats and poaching against endangered species in the parks has significantly reduced to zero levels especially on Rhinos and Elephants.
“We use to report between 2 to 3 cases of poaching everyday but not anymore. In fact we are managing the situation’,he added.
He further added that the programme also targeted potential poachers who have since changed their ways.
“We have even managed to sensitize potential poachers on the importance of our wildlife. We still need to do more and reach others’, said Ochieng’.
However, KWS decried the surrounding community’s liking for game meat saying it could lead to serious health complications.
“Some few families enter the parks to hunt animals for food. That trend is very dangerous. We advise them to desist from that’, said Ochieng’.
Tsavo East National Park is one of the oldest and largest parks in Kenya at 13,747 square kilometers, while Tsavo West National Park is more mountainous and wetter than its counterpart, with swamps, Lake Jipe and the Mzima Springs.
It is known for bird life and for its large mammals. It is also home to a black rhino sanctuary.
Additional reporting by George Otieno