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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

 

Game Department alerts public on increasing incidences
of conflict between human and wildlife following drought

NAIROBI -- Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) wishes to notify the public that the ongoing dry spell being experienced in most parts of the country is displacing wildlife from their traditional habitats in search of pasture and water.

This has increased conflict as the wildlife comes into contact with the public and human activities.

KWS wishes to inform the public that as the dry spell progresses, the risk of human wildlife conflict is expected to increase until the country receives the long rains.

Areas that have experienced increased incidence of human wildlife conflict in recent weeks are in Narok, Taita Taveta, Laikipia, Kajiado, Meru, Mau, Marsabit, Lamu and the Mt. Kenya region.

We advise the public to contact us through the following lines whenever incidents occur or when wildlife is sighted:

Senior Warden, Narok Station & Mau : 0736-498965

Senior Warden, Taita Taveta: 0722-992619

Senior Warden, Laikipia Wildlife Station: 0723-977342

Senior Warden, Kajiado Wildlife Station: 0713-472474

Senior Warden, Meru National Park: 0721- 860285

Warden, Meru Wildlife Station: 0701-432493

Senior Warden, Marsabit National Reserve /Park: 0721-546490

Senior Warden, Lamu Wildlife Station: 0713-899813

Senior Warden, Mt. Kenya National Park: 0721-884554

KWS Headquarters Toll Free number 0800 597 000 (24 hours)

Members of the public in areas not listed here are advised to contact the nearest KWS office.

In the meantime, KWS has enhanced surveillance to ensure that the public is protected from wildlife.

Foot, vehicle and aerial patrols have been intensified to manage the situation.

The public is also advised not to set fires close to protected areas as these fires are likely going to cross over into the protected areas and further worsen the human wildlife conflict as wildlife exit to public areas.

             

 

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