Monday 27 April 2015

Richard Leakey appointed chairman of KWS

Mr. Leakey gained world recognition in the 1980's when as Director General of the KWS, he instituted a shoot-to-kill policy that helped stem the high levels of poaching of Kenya's wildlife at the time.

Mr. Leakey has had a challenging relationship with the Kenyan Government as a result of his outspoken criticism of the current poaching crisis. In a speech last year, Mr. Leakey said "that poachers had an extraordinary level of international criminal backing effectively operating with outrageous impunity, killing our elephants and rhinos at levels that will make them extinct within the country."
Great news for Kenya's Wildlife - if he can survive the political infighting that will surely occur. But good on Mr Kenyatta for appointing him.

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