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SOS Rhino : In the News : Wildlife population declines in Baringo

Wildlife population declines in Baringo

  Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
By KBC Business (Monday, December 05, 2005)

Wildlife population in Baringo district is decreased due to increased human population encroaching their habitats, a Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) Official has said.

The officer Mr. Simon Katachum, said the wildlife in Baringo district which were plenty in the 1960s decreased tremendously when people started cultivating crops around the wildlife conservation areas.

Mr. Katachum further said poaching of wildlife species and farming their migratory routes further reduced the number of wildlife in the district.

The KWS officer made the remarks yesterday at Kabarnet training Institute during the closing of a one-week natural resource management workshop.

Mr. Katachum named Black Rhino, Rothschild Giraffe, Cheetah, Buffalo and elephants as some of the most threatened wildlife species in the district.

He however said the wildlife living in the most conserved wildlife ecosystems areas such as Lakes Bogoria, Baringo and Kamnarok are not threatened so much by poaching.

The KWS officer named Mochongoi forest, Lake Kichirtit, Kaptuya and Chuine community sanctuaries as other most conserved wildlife habitats in the district.

He told Baringo people to exploit tourism opportunities in the district, such as landscape beauty, wildlife diversity, historical and cultural sites.

Mr. Katachum said KWS in collaboration with Baringo county council would help Baringo residents to tap tourism potential in the area.

He said KWS would continue monitoring wildlife resources through environmental auditing , adding that integrated environmental resource management would be undertaken with all tourism stakeholders to curb poaching and resolve environmental resource conflicts.

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