Call to engage villagers in poaching war (Kenya)


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The war against poaching can only be won if communities collaborate with animal protection agencies, a Kenya Wildlife Service official has said.

This can be done by gathering intelligence from communities about poachers, KWS Coast region assistant director Arthur Tuda said.

“These people are among us and with timely information, the war against poaching can easily be won,” Mr Tuda said during the flagging off of the “Ivory Belongs to Elephants” walk at the KWS headquarters in Mombasa.

The KWS was out to create awareness on the animals’ plight with the primary reason being to stop the killing of elephants, he said.

The protection of the 26,400 elephants in the country’s national parks and reserves has received support from the State and foreign governments.

Mr Jim Nyamu, the executive director of Elephant Neighbours Centre, said through stakeholders’ participation, awareness on the value of wildlife conservation was ongoing in various schools and institutions across the country.

“Ivory trade is a global menace and with the support of international partners, transboundary trade can end with proper policing,” Mr Nyamu said.