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KES 5.8M raised for wildlife conservation

10 October 2014, 14:49 Nechesa Chemoi

Nairobi - The Kenya Wildlife Service has announced that KES 5.8 million was raised during the 2014 “Cycle with Rhino” race held at Lake Nakuru National Park.

The race which was held on 27 September was the tenth edition of the annual fundraising event organized by KWS and stakeholders to raise funds to rehabilitate the 74 kilometer electric fence and undertake community conservation education around the park.

A total of 496 cyclists participated in Elite, Amateur Ladies and Men, Boda-Boda, Senior, and Junior race categories.Paul Ariko clocked 3hours 55.21:40 seconds to win the men’s 140 km Elite race while Joyce Nyaruri won amateur ladies race with 4hours 2.20seconds.

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Antony Mwite won Amateur Men Race and Dominic Ooko won the Boda-boda category race.

KWS Acting Director General William Kiprono thanked sponsors and appealed to other local and international wildlife well-wishers to join KWS through Lake Nakuru National Park Action Committee in this noble task of ensuring this precious jewel is protected for posterity.

“This event not only raises the much needed funds but also creates awareness among the general public on the importance of conserving the critically endangered rhino population and wildlife in general for all generations,” said Kiprono.

“We are aware that the challenges the park faces are beyond KWS. I welcome this important annual event knowing that it will help raise funds to address some of these challenges”, said Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua in a speech read on his behalf by County Director of Trade, Tourism and Industrialization Majip Rop.

Comedian Eric Omondi, who entertained guest at the event, was named the new Rhino Ambassador of Lake Nakuru National Park.

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