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KWS undertaking 10-day big four wildlife Census 

The  Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi  Wakhungu compares notes with the KWS officials during the launch of a 10-day wildlife census for five counties in Isiolo on Monday  November 20, 2017. Photo by KNA.




An  Aerial view for big four  wildlife, Isiolo county,  in preparation for census to be in five counties during the launch of the 10-day exercise by environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu on Monday November 20, 2017. Photo by KNA.

An  Aerial view  for big four wildlife, Isiolo county, in preparation for census to be in five counties during the launch of the 10-day exercise by environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary, Prof.  Judi  Wakhungu on Monday November 20, 2017. Photo by KNA.

An  Aerial view for big four wildlife, Isiolo county, in readiness for census to be carried out in five counties during the launch of the 10-day exercise by environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu on Monday November 20, 2017. Photo  by  KNA

An  Aerial  view for big four wildlife, Isiolo county, in readiness for census to be carried out in five counties during the launch of the 10-day exercise by environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary , Prof. Judi Wakhungu on Monday November 20, 2017. Photo by KNA

The  Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary (CS), Prof. Judi Wakhungu on Monday  launched an aerial survey for big four wildlife census in five counties.

Prof.  Wakhungu  said the census will include elephants, buffaloes, giraffes and grevy zebras in Marsabit, Isiolo, Meru, Laikipia and Samburu Counties.

She  said the census will quantify impacts of livestock incursion in Laikipia-Samburu ecosystem by armed herdsmen and the destruction of property before erecting electric fences along wildlife protection areas.

Prof. Wakhungu revealed that the census would also ascertain human-wildlife conflicts, drought effects on wild species, elephant poaching levels and their population.

The  CS said cases of poaching in the country went down by 80 per cent since the enactment of Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 201 3 which has stringent penalties in the world.

She said that 75 per cent of tourism depended on wildlife hence the beneficiaries are the communities.

The CS  added that the exercise will allow establishment of wildlife corridors, map human settlements, offer effective management and detail changes in these mammals population size.

She urged county governments to allocate resources for the management of the county reserves as well as activities like aerial surveys.

Prof. Wakhungu called on the devolved units to incorporate the information generated from the survey to formulate county spatial plans.

This year’s census covers an area of about 60,000 square kilometers and will bring together more than 20 conservation organizations across the country.

By  Abduba Mamo/David Nduro

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