By RENSON MNYAMWEZI
KWS officials said a woman who had been operating the snake park near Bachuma KWS Gate along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway abandoned the reptiles in a building belonging to the Kenya Railways Corporation.
The owner had rented the buildings to rear the reptiles of about six different species.
They include spitting cobras, green mambas and crocodiles among others.
The parkâs Senior Warden Dominic Wambua said the woman clashed with the corporation over rent and abandoned the reptiles.
The woman who had been rearing the reptiles jointly with her husband informed KWS that she had abandoned them because she had no place to take them.
Locked in building
"The woman had locked the snakes in the building after Railways ordered her to leave over rent dispute. She left the animals without food and we decided to rescue them," said Mr Wambua. KWS, police officers, and Railways officials were forced to break into the building to rescue the starving reptiles.
Speaking to The Standard yesterday the warden said the woman had a permit to operate the snake park in the Tsavo Ecosystem.
"Weâve no problem with the operator because she has a permit to operate the park. The problem is that the animals are starving after the owner left them. We had to relocate them," said Wambua.