NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya is experiencing a sharp decline in
elephant and rhino poaching, a senior government
official said on Tuesday.
Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and
Wildlife, told a media briefing in Nairobi that Kenya
lost nine rhinos and 60 elephants to poachers in 2017,
compared to 14 rhinos and 96 elephants lost in the
decline in wildlife poaching is due to concerted
government efforts to protect national parks and game
reserves that began in 2012,” Balala said during a
ceremony to hand over 26 vehicles to the Kenya Wildlife
Service for use for field operations.
African nation passed a wildlife law in 2014 that
enhanced penalties for those convicted of poaching and
engaging in illicit trade in protected wildlife species.
a sensitization campaign in the key source markets of
animal products such as ivory has also led to a
reduction in wildlife poaching.
He said the
government is committed to end poaching of wildlife in
order to protect Kenya’s natural heritage.
a key pillar of the economy because it is the mainstay
of the tourism sector that is one of the largest sources
of foreign exchange,” he added.
encroachment of animal habitats due to human activities
is also threatening wildlife populations.
country we need to find a balance between economic
development and wildlife conservation so that we save
our natural resource for future generations,” he said.