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International tourists on flock to L. Nakuru

08 August 2013, 17:44 Steve Wambugu

International tourist arrivals at Lake Nakuru National Park reached a new record of 1 500 per day with better times anticipated ahead as wild animals are more visible due to reduced grazing areas as flooding continues.

According to the senior park warden John Wambua who spoke to the media, this year has more to gain from the park as the number of tourists is growing high as this year’s peak season is expected to record higher compared to the other years.

1 000 - 1 500 visitors daily

“From July, we have been receiving between 1 000 and 1 500 visitors daily which is a good sign as we have been receiving between 300 000 and 400 000 visitors annually,” Wambua said.

He added that the flooding at the sanctuary also has its advantages since some of the animals that could not be easily traced can now be seen as the reduced grazing land has forced them get out of their hiding places. He also observed that this will make it easier for them to conduct census which is usually carried out quarterly in a year for the animals and twice a year for the birds.

Some of the animals at the park include tree climbing lions, white and the endangered black rhinos.

black rhino

According to Wambua, these animals are doing well since they currently have over 100 rhinos at the park and are planning to translocate them to Laikipia and other identified parks.

He disclosed that the Nakuru Park lodges, special and public camp sites are fully booked which is for the greater advantage of the county’s economy.

He also called on the locals to avoid killing the pythons that escape the park saying that they should reserve them since they are not poisonous.

He also pointed out that they are investing in more roads to ease the accessibility of the park.

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