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The government has launched a strategic plan to protect roan antelopes which are on the verge of extinction.

The government has launched a strategic plan to protect roan antelopes which are on the verge of extinction.

The endangered species is found only in Ruma National Park.

Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala launched a 10-year recovery plan yesterday when he presided over the commemoration of the World Wildlife Day at Ruma National Park in Homa Bay County.

He was accompanied by Tourism Chief Administrative Secretary Joseph Boinet, Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti, his deputy Hamilton Orata and Ndhiwa MP Martin Owino.

According to records from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), there were 200 roan antelopes in 1970 in Kenya. But the population has declined to the current 12 in Ruma National Park.

Recovery plan

Speaking during the function, Mr Balala said the recovery plan is aimed at increasing the number of roan antelopes from 12 to 50 by 2030.

He said measures will be put in place to eradicate predisposing factors that can lead to extinction of roan antelopes.

Such predisposing factors include poaching, bush fires and human-wildlife conflict.

Mr Awiti said there is need to establish a hotel in Ruma National Park to enhance tourism.

In his response, Balala ordered the KSW management to advertise a tender for construction of a lounge in Ruma by June, this year.

KWS requires Sh187.7 million to protect roan antelope.

The budget is contained in the Roan Antelope Recovery Action Plan unveiled by Balala.


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