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  1. ~ These articles from The Star (Nairobi) report the steps taken by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to rescue wildlife stranded in water bodies which are turning to mud in the ongoing drought crisis. In Lamu, KWS has implemented a plan to assist trapped hippos, ensuring that their tender hides are hydrated. In Baringo and Elgeyo Marakwet elephant calves were rescued from deep mud. A third article explains steps being taken to provide equitable sharing of water resources from Kenya's rivers.
  2. Reports To read the full article click here.
  3. This article from Takepart describes the ongoing work of the Nairobi-based Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) which works with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) to rescue snared wildlife. ANAW emphasizes community-based conservation, stating that snares are indiscriminate, catching non-targetted species.
  4. Reports To read the full article click here. Positive move? What are your thoughts on Leakey's new appointment to KWS?
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  7. Just days previous to my own visit to Nairobi I had been alerted to the fact that KWS were expanding the size of the Nairobi Animal Orphanage, situated at the Main Gate to Nairobi National Park. Speaking with concerned people before my own visit to the park which included Nigel Hunter of the EAWLS,, they were under the assumption that said enlargement was not going to take place. However, the photograph below taken on February 16th clearly shows the newly constructed fenceline, posts and the obvious damage to the forest ecosystem and clearing necessary to sink the fenceposts. It was clear that this new fenceline, (which at the time I visited was obviously not yet finished), extended from the main gate almost all the way to the site of the Ivory burn site, a considerable distance for those of you who know Nairobi National Park. On the opposite side of the fence from the main entry/exit road is a pristine forest ecosystem, which, in this following article for Wildlife Direct, Paula Kahumbu writes, And thus if this new fenceline demarcates the area which the expanded orphanage will occupy, it really must be a concern that this pristine forest habitat will be felled and cleared, (at least certain parts of it), thus for wildlife enclosures to be constructed. Again, Paula in the article I referred to above writes: Returning back to Safaritalk HQ I was forwarded the following series of images from a concerned Nairobi resident who wrote: (My note: in the submitted images above you can clearly see the wiring has now been installed thus blocking wildlife movement) To finish, Paula in her Wildlife Direct article says: From the Orphanage page on the KWS website: So where is the need to extend the orphanage? And for what purpose? Is KWS hoping to "Cash in on" the success and revenue generation of other successful orphanage programmes, (including adoptions etc), for instance as with The Sheldrick's own orphanage, also within the park? If so, my questions then to KWS are: How many animals have you successfully rehabilitated to the wild? How successful has the orphanage been to date working with injured and or orphaned animals? What has happened to those animals unable to be released back into the wild? Who will be in charge of the expanded orphanage and what is their background in wildlife rehabilitation? Who is funding said expansion and future operations? What EIA has been undertaken re the expansion and is this area of the park going to be degazetted? What is being done to protect the wildlife already resident in the forest area? Undoubtedly Nairobi National Park is a very important educational wildlife facility already not only for international tourists but local Nairobi people. In fact, comments I personally heard mentioned whilst there was that how many local people are now visiting the park compared for instance to ten years ago which is a fantastic way to introduce Kenyan's to their national wildlife heritage. So the importance of the park should not be understated. However, one has to wonder if the destruction of this prime forest habitat and construction of a new, improved and enlarged wildlife orphanage is the correct step forward for the park, and KWS. This was in addition to the plan to extend Nairobi's Southern Bypass for 4km through the Park, which however was rejected last year. (You can read more on that decision here.) I have sought clarification from Paula Kahumbu, Chairperson of Friends Of Nairobi National Park but she has not responded. You can read more about the Friends of Nairobi National Park in their website here, or connect with them on Facebook here.
  8. This would be a hoot if the situation wasn't so desperate. In this article from Kenya's online Capital News KWS acting Director General William Kiprono told a news conference in Nairobi “It is not a crisis but a challenge. The issue of crisis is not there because the government is on top of things. Talk about being in denial

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