KENYA- struggles with its responsibilities to its wildlife…

While it relies heavily on the ecotourism industry, and manages this through the country’s various agencies, conservation seems a losing battle when one looks at  Kenya’s wildlife and habitat protection efforts over the years.

In 1928, the human population of the country was 2.9 million – today the population stands at 42 million, and projected to reach 77 million by the year 2030.

Much of the population remains impoverished, under-educated and under-employed.

This burgeoning population puts pressure on the remaining land resources, but there is a significant National Wildlife Park and Refuge system in place- this often threatened by encroachment, and more remote locations are not as well supervised as are those within easier reach of the supervising authorities. There are some horrible statistics associated with the serious decline of many species in some parts of the country.

Fragmentation, farming, and poaching are big problems, and the government has to face some serious terrorism threats in the more northern part of the country.

The animals that can be found in Kenya include Elephants, Buffalo, Cheetahs, Leopards, Wart Hogs, Baboon, Zebra,Rhino. Giraffe, Hyena, Jackals, Antelope, Wildebeeste and Hippos.

If you are concerned about these things in this country you might consider supporting

THE AFRICAN WILDLIFE FOUNDATION

 

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