NAROK (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s anti-poaching protest team has
completed walking more than 260km in an effort to save the
elephants in the world-renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve.
The walk, which has been dubbed Maasai Mara Grassroots Education
and Awareness Campaign, has taken 11 days and covered major
towns around the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in the country’s
Jim Nyamu, director at Elephants Neighbours Centre, a
wildlife conservation organization, said they have covered 260km
in Kenya and beyond to raise awareness about elephant
He said the main aim of the campaign is to create platform
where communities living around the wildlife parks are educated
to protect elephants and other endangered species from poachers.
"We were doing education and awareness campaign through
walking and talking.
"This grass-root campaign includes holding community meetings
along the route and conservation talks in schools and showing
conservation films," said Nyamu.
The executive director said the Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem has
lost many elephants to poachers and they want the trend to be
reversed in order the tourism sector.
"Maasai Mara can lose its glory, if the runaway poaching is
not brought to end.
"The tourists who have been visiting this country to see
animals like elephants might opt to visit other nations, if the
species continue to go dwindle," he said.
Nyamu also said they wanted the locals to conversant with the
new wildlife law so that they can know that they are entitled to
compensation in case of injuries and damages.
Siana Wildlife Trust chairman Sammy Nkoitoi said it’s
responsibility of everybody to ensure that the menace is brought
to end because it is now threatening the tourism revenue.
He said that poaching for elephant tusks in the
Mara-Serengeti region in the recent past across the border was
on the increase and there was need to take quick and decisive
measures to curb the poaching that is geared towards reducing
the animal population.
"The upsurge of poaching can be blamed on the increase demand
of ivory and other wild animal’s products in Asia and some
countries in Southern Africa.
These nations should come together and start fighting the
poaching menace," he said.