Conservationists Throttled by Kenya Wildlife Service

The National Environmental Tribunal in Kenya has issued an order blocking the construction of the railroad across Nairobi National Park.  Regrettably, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the government do not recognize the Tribunal, also known as the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) as an authority for overseeing Kenya’s natural resources.  Steve Itela of the Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) and other conservation groups are throttled by the Kenya Wildlife Service whose agents are guarding the construction site and allowing the railroad work to proceed.  This is reported by the Star News in Nairobi.

Advocates, friends of Africa, conservationists, world travelers, and others seeking to save Nairobi National Park and its wildlife can speak out by writing the Kenya Tourist Authority raising the concern about the damage taking place to one of the jewels of East Africa.  Indeed, it is reported by The Business Daily that a key rhinovirus sanctuary is Kenya’s habitat within the secure boundaries of Nairobi National Park.  Damaging the integrity of the park’s land mass harms the rhino population, all the park’s wildlife and the recovery of Kenya’s tourism.  The influence of tourist dollars may be the only lever left in this fight for the park. 

Jot a quick email to the Tourist Authority linked in the previous paragraph.  Support ANAW.  Make a little noise.  Thank you for taking the time to read this note.

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