The conservation of Elephants in Kenya has received a major boost after the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife announced that it had mobilised 16.5 million shillings towards this initiative against the target of 100 million within the financial year 2021 – 2022.
This announcement was made today during the inaugural Magical Kenya Tembo Naming Festival held at the Amboseli National Park, Kajiado County. During the event, corporates and individuals were allowed to adopt and name select elephants after donating funds towards the initiative, which is aimed at boosting conservation efforts of the endangered species.
He also noted that the namers in the 2021 Magical Kenya Elephant Naming Festival had set a president that the ministry would be working towards achieving every year going forward. “We have raised 16.5 million so far this year and we plan to hit our target at the close of the financial year. roving this every year; I congratulate all the namers and assure them that the funds will be used to ensure that our majestic elephants are well conserved. We want to look at issues concerning human Wildlife conflict, tracking of the elephants though collaring as well as construction of electric fences and community engagement among other issues”On her part, Kenya Tourism Board CEO Dr. Betty Radier thanked the sponsors for embracing the initiative, noting the huge role conservation plays in tourism and by extension supporting livelihoods. “I thank the namers and those who contributed for embracing and being part of this initiative. Conservation of our wildlife resources remains key for us to ensure that future generations enjoy our country’s heritage, natural resources and the incredible species that live within it. With our tourism being largely dependent on our natural resources including wildlife, it is important that we all ensure they are well protected and maintained. By so doing, we will ensure that tourism continues playing its key role in spurring the economy and supporting the many livelihoods that depend on it,” said Dr Radier
KWS Director General Brigadier (retired) John Waweru said that the goal of the festival is to secure a future for elephants and their habitats in peaceful co-existence with humans while providing benefits and for posterity.
“As revealed during the recently concluded Wildlife Census, there is an urgent need to conserve our wildlife, esp
The population of African savannah elephants has plummeted by at least 60% over the past 50 years, resulting in their classification as “endangered” in the latest update of the IUCN’s “danger list”. The Amboseli ecosystem is home to about 1,800 elephants with the highest population found in the Tsavo national parks standing at 14,000.