Conservation group to spend Sh7m on anti-poaching drive
SEE ALSO :Elephant deaths, poaching reduceMonitor rhinos “We decided to launch the programme after realising that Narok County did not have the capacity to monitor the rhinos, leaving them at the mercy of poachers. The microchips that will be inserted in their horns will make monitoring easy,” said Awer in Mara. The fund, which is involved in species management and conservation, is collaborating with the Kenya Wildlife Service and Narok County government in the ear-notching exercise which targets 16 rhinos. He said the exercise would also be undertaken in other national parks and game reserves. Awer welcomed the recent passing of the Wildlife Management and Conservation Bill, saying it would deter poaching and enhance species conservation through field based programmes and management.
SEE ALSO :Mara conservancy joins top global list“Though belated, the legislation will help in conservation of the remaining wild animals,” he said. Meanwhile, tourists and other travelers were on Wednesday evening stranded for hours after flash floods cut off most parts of the Narok-Maasai Mara road. The rains that started at 2pm and continued into the night flooded the Sekenani-Nkoilale section, making it impassable. Most tourists, who were going to Maasai Mara Game Reserve, missed some of their schedules including the early evening game drive expeditions. There was also a huge traffic jam stretching about 10 km on both sides of the road. The rains, which pounded Mara and neighbouring regions until midday yesterday, also disrupted morning hot air balloon take offs.