added that collaboration by airports, airlines and wildlife
agencies, especially in the sharing of information on suspected
cargo and risky routes with law enforcement authorities was key
in tracking and disrupting wildlife trafficking syndicates.
Kenya Airways CEO Sebastian Mikosz on the other hand said
that during the ivory trade is a rip-off campaign, KQ will
produce branded boarding passes with codes which once scanned
will direct customers to Ministry of Tourism’s website where
customers using the airline and its partners can get all
information to support wildlife protection.
KWS representative Dr. Patrick Omondi emphasized that they
have enhanced surveillance in all entry and exit points. During
this month of August, KWS is exhibiting an Ivory display at JKIA
to sensitize the travelling public on illegal wildlife
On 15th - 28th August 2019, Kenya will join other countries
in Geneva Switzerland during the 18th Conference of the parties
(COP18) to champion a common position of "No Trade in Elephant
Kenya impounds 200 kg of
buffalo meat as war against poaching intensifies
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya wildlife Service (KWS) rangers on Tuesday
impounded 200 kilograms of buffalo meat near resort town of
Naivasha located about 120 kilometers from the capital Nairobi
and arrested three suspects.
Aggrey Maumo, KWS assistant director in charge of Central
Rift Region said the impounded buffalo meat was destined for
Nairobi for sale to unsuspecting consumers.
He said that KWS sleuths received a tip off from the public
and managed to foil trafficking of the buffalo meat by
The official said that illegal trade in game meat has spiked
in Naivasha where mammals like zebras, buffaloes and giraffes
roam freely in private ranches and protected areas.
"There are so many wild animals away from the parks and
ranches and the unscrupulous traders are taking advantage of
this to kill them and sell meat to unsuspecting customers," said
"Our intelligence indicates that majority of the game meat
that finds its way in Nairobi’s Burma market is sourced from
Naivasha and we are keen to contain the menace," Maumo told
He said that KWS had forged a working relationship with local
communities in a bid to identify criminals involved in poaching
of large herbivores for their meat.
"The suspects have been targeting buffalo and zebra meat for
commercial purposes but their days are numbered as we shall get
them," said Maumo, adding that KWS has formed a special team to
crackdown on illegal trade in game meat.
Kenyan authorities have lately intensified action on
unlicensed trade in game meat that has fueled poaching of iconic
A sting operation by KWS sleuths in late June led to
impounding of 800 kilograms of bush meat at the popular Burma
market that is located in a densely populated district in
According to Kenya’s wildlife act, buying and selling of bush
meat is a criminal offence that can attract a jail term of not
less than three years without option of a fine.
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