The poaching vice increasingly worsen in Kenya
KWS has got improve on its strategies that it employing to protect its wildlife especially now that people have waged a serious war on them for instance in this very week, local people from Kitengela village situated just outside Nairobi National Park ended up killing six lions following an attack that the lions made on their goats and sheep, yet if KWS had been conscious, they would have prevented them from killing the goats and therefore getting killed by the angry community members.
It is therefore very necessary that they discuss the level of security for the Kenya wildlife. They have so far lost nine lions and four elephants also since January resulting from clash with people around the park and this is a big lose to the tourism industry which is competing with all the countries around it so said Paul Mbugua the Kenya Wildlife Service spokesperson.
He added that it is unfortunate that in this case the people (rangers) are also in danger of losing their lives while fighting the poachers like since the beginning of this year, there are 18 people who have died in the due course and there are 65 of them who were seriously injured, 598 incidents where lots of crops were destroyed, 496 incidents where human live has been threatened by those wild animals, 176 incidents where wild animals have attacked the livestock and 18 reports made about property destruction. This all has got to end so that the animals and the people both live in peace in their territories.
Poaching is one major problem that the industry is facing currently more so in the reserved areas and it is attributed to an increase in the demand for ivory in the international market most especially in the Asian countries. According to the report that was given by Mbugua, there were about 133 elephants and 11 rhinos with were killed within the first five months of 2012 while in the past one week, there have been 6 rifles, 1 pistol, 109 rounds of ammunition, 3 pieces of elephant tusks and 52 kilograms of meat that the Kenya Wildlife Service rangers have got during their search.
KWS intends to establish a forensic laboratory at the organization’s headquarters in Nairobi in an effort to improve on the means of recovering the ivory as they have managed to get and confiscate the smuggled ivory at the country’s seaport and airports before they transport of the country and even this very week they got a container filled with illegal ivory at Nairobi’s main airport.
The constant poaching and human-wildlife conflict seriously threatens the tourism industry and tourism officials as well as it will affect the number of travelers who visit Kenya just to see its wild life for instance in a year, there are lots of people from the Netherlands, the UK, China, Australia and all over the world who visit Kenya for wildlife and this bring in a lot of foreign currency in the country thus a good reason to be protected.
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