Locals urged to help curb poaching
21 May 2013, 18:07
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.
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.
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
He further noted
that, carrying out of a national sensitization campaign without
non-involvement of the local communities remains a major threat to any
campaign is conducted which doesn't involve the public then we will be
doing zero work because poachers come the local communities,” he said.
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.
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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