NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said on Sunday
that it has taken several measures to protect and conserve
elephants across the East African nation.
Directing General Charles Musyoki said the agency has improved
engagement of communities living with elephants as active
partners to elephant conservation through supporting community
efforts to manage and benefit from wildlife.
Musyoki said KWS has enhanced capacity of law enforcement and
wildlife protection agencies and increased global public
awareness campaigns especially to the consumer countries against
poaching and illegal trade in ivory.
"KWS in conjunction with other relevant agencies, both local
and international, has taken several measures to protect and
conserve the elephant, including enhanced inter-departmental
collaboration in intelligence information gathering and sharing
among key government departments, and the inclusion of elephant
poaching and illegal ivory trade into the Agenda of the National
Security Council," he said in a statement issued in Nairobi to
mark World Elephant Day.
Musyoki said national elephant population in the country
stood at 33, 948 as at end of 2017 in a range area of 139,344
Km2, noting this represents a 2.25 percent annual increase since
He attributed population and range increase to establishment
of community conservancies in known elephant range areas and
tolerance by communities living with elephants.
He said cross-border collaboration in information sharing and
deployment of wildlife security patrols are among the measures
KWS has taken to protect the elephant.
He also said the establishment of a DNA and forensic
laboratory that has helped identify origin of seized ivory and
isotopic analysis that provide admissible evidence in courts of
law are also helping in elephant conservation.