NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) plans to enhance
surveillance to reduce incidences of human wildlife conflict
caused by the ongoing drought, officials said on Thursday.
KWS said that the ongoing dry spell being experienced in most
parts of the country is expected to continue and consequently
wildlife will be affected due to reduced water availability,
reduced and dry food items and potential disease outbreaks.
"It is likely that wildlife will move from their traditional
habitats in search of pasture and water leading to conflict as
the wildlife comes into contact with the public and human
"KWS alerts the public that as the dry spell progresses, the
risk of human wildlife conflict is expected to increase until
the country receives rains," KWS said in a statement released in
The wildlife agency added that the 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.
KWS noted that foot, vehicle and aerial patrols have been
intensified to manage the situation and also plans to undertake
water trucking and supplementary feeding in critical areas to
ensure that people and their livelihoods are not affected.
KWS advised the public 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 move to human settlements.