Tuesday 22 December 2015

Good news from Kenya

Since 2013, according to the latest estimates, elephant deaths from poaching in Kenya are down by 80% and deaths of rhinos by 90%. This is a success story that deserves to be more widely known.

Attributable to: 

Implementation of the new 2013 Wildlife Act which raises poaching to the level of a serious crime, and dishes out fines and jail sentences accordingly

Community involvement and a new sense of  Kenya's wildlife being a National Treasure and an important economic resource.

Government Buy in. Reorganization of KWS and money available to recruit more rangers. A new commitment to Conservation.

Realization the Ivory poaching not only funds terrorism but can destabilize whole countries.

Social media has spread the word effectively and more people care and therefore voice their concerns.

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