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KWS afraid of chinese tourists

28 April 2015, 15:47 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - The high number of Chinese tourists visiting the Lake Nakuru national park is worrying Kenya wildlife service (KWS) officials who fear that it might lead to increased poaching activities at the park.

According to KWS sources at the park, the number of Chinese tourist visiting the park has risen tremendously in the recent past but  cases of poaching have also risen.

According to a report released by the KWS in Nakuru town Tuesday, Chinese tourists are suspected to be secretly engaging in poaching activities by using proxies, including KWS officials.

Nakuru national park senior warden, Maureen Musembi said that some Chinese tourists come to the park with bad motives other than normal tourism.

Read Also: Senior KWS officers aiding poachers, says report

"In the recent past, the number of Chinese tourists has risen at the park but we are worried that this might be contributing to the rising number of poaching incidences being reported. We are not saying that all tourists from China are engaging in poaching but we are just suspecting that a few of them might be involved because of the ready and vibrant ivory market in China and other Asian countries," said Musembi.

She added: "Some of the tourists have a lot of money and they can easily influence tour guides and KWS wardens to aid them in getting ivory by killing rhinos and elephants at the park."

The report titled, 'The danger of Asian money of African tourism', called on the government to stop focusing more on money brought in by tourists at the expense of wildlife safety.

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