16 November 2012

Kenya: KWS Creates Water Points for Wildlife

The Kenya Wildlife Service has putting up water pans at the wildlife sanctuaries near Tsavo West National park to stop the wildlife from straying to the villages. This is in an effort to minimise human wildlife conflict.

Two weeks ago, hundreds of buffaloes broke out of the sanctuary in search of water in Mwatate villages where they attacked and injured scores of people. They also destroyed hundreds of acres of crops.

The problem has been made worse by the ongoing dry spell that has hit Tsavo. Many animals have died in the park for lack of food and water.

KWS district warden Samuel Rukaria said KWS had established three water pans at the Lumo community wildlife sanctuary.

"We have began supplying water in the sanctuary," said Rukaria. He said the worst hit villages that had been invaded by wildlife are Bura, Msorongo and Maktau.

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