1 December 2012

Kenya: More Jumbos in Pokot's Nasolot Game Reserve

The elephant population at Nasolot Game Reserve in West Pokot has increased following intensive security surveillance and deployment of KWS rangers.

Outgoing West Pokot assistant game warden Joseph Kinyanjui said the elephant population increased from 100 to 120 in a census conducted in 2010 after the KWS beefed up security in the game park and on the Nasolot-Rimoi elephant corridor.

Families of elephants from Nasolot often migrate to and from Rimoi National Park in Keiyo in search of pasture and water during the dry season.

Kinyanjui said armed pastoralists are the greatest challenge facing elephant conservation in the North Rift. He added that the KWS management had started educating the locals on the importance of wildlife, "to attract tourists to boost the county's economy and create employment to the youths".

Wildlife is the second highest foreign exchange earner in Kenya. Kinyanjui was speaking to the press in Kapenguria KWS county offices during a handing over ceremony.

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