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Locals urged to help curb poaching

21 May 2013, 18:07 Steve Wambugu

Nakuru - A wildlife conservationist has said there is a need to empower the local communities to be pro-active as a way of fighting poaching in the country.

Speaking on Monday in Nakuru during a walk aimed at sensitizing the public on the need of fighting poaching, Jim Nyamu a wildlife conservationist said, the local community has a role to play in fighting poaching in all the parks in the country as one way of safeguarding the wildlife.

We can not ovecome the fight against poaching without the full support of the local community. The balancing of the ecosystem depends on human activity either to destroy or protect it,” he said.

Nyamu who is also the co-founder of the Elephant Neighbors Center said that,80 per cent of the elephants lie within the unprotected landscapes areas which requires full security surveillance to safeguard them against poachers.

He further noted that, carrying out of a national sensitization campaign without non-involvement of the local communities remains a major threat to any wildlife animal.

If sensitization campaign is conducted which doesn't involve the public then we will be doing zero work because poachers come the local communities,” he said.

Nyamu also expressed fears that the elephants animals could be extinct at the year 2020 if adequate measures are not taken by the government to avert the pending crises.

He added that it was a collective responsibility of every Kenyan citizen to ensure the poaching trend is brought to an end before the matter gets out of hand.

The current number of elephants stands at 4 per cents and that is why we need to move quickly and stop the poaching menace in the country,” he said.

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