Newsletter – May 2009

KWS Strategic Plan 2008-2012

On Wed., 6 May, 2009, at KWS Headquarters, KWS launched its Strategic Plan for 2008-2012, having achieved the majority of its targets from its previous Strategic Plan 2005-2010.  The Strategic Plan 2008-2012 is launched ahead of schedule to be in sync with Vision 2030.

The Chairman, Hon. David Mwiraria, writes:

‘The mandate of Kenya Wildlife Service is to conserve and manage our nation’s wildlife and its habitats for posterity. We work for the benefit of wildlife, clearly, but equally for Kenyans, who own this wildlife by birthright.  We are even accountable to citizens throughout the world, who recognize our irreplaceable heritage and make the pilgrimage in millions to view it.

Conserving and managing wildlife requires KWS to be a world-class organization.  Here are some of the challenges we are currently managing:

  • Encroachment on wildlife parks and reserves due to human population growth and poverty
  • Conflicts between people as well as human/wildlife conflict
  • Climate change, which is augmenting drought in much of our country, and floods in other areas
  • Aging infrastructure
  • The volatility of international tourism.

To enable KWS to tackle many such issues, the Government, development partners, volunteers and local donors have traditionally banded together to provide funding.  One of the aims of this Strategic Plan is to enable KWS to raise an increasing share of its own resources – and that all funds are used in the most efficient and accountable manner.

To help make this happen, the Board of Trustees shall provide all the support we can.  We will be at the forefront in lobbying the Government for appropriate legislation and policies.  We will engage the Treasury for budgetary support as well as extend partnerships for resource mobilisation.  We are grateful to our current donors for enabling our important work, and look forward to expanding our pool of supporters.

Author: Joan Sikand

Park News

On Friday, April 24, Nairobi National Park was in splendid form.  The rains had just begun, and Park life was starting to wake-up.  The long drought had been very tough on the ecosystem.  At the bottom of Ivory Burning Site, just at Bushy Vale, were 15 giraffe chewing on the acacia tops.  Heading towards Songora Ridge, at Lion Valley were a pair of  male lions with dark manes.  At the upper ridge of Mbagathi Gorge were 20 eland, 100 kongoni; several dozen egrets were keeping company.  Another pair of lions were sleeping at Sosian Gorge.  A vulture sat on top of a bony tree at Baboon escarpment.  By Athi Basin, 50 buffalo grazed between 70 impala and 30 zebra.  There were ten wildebeest.  A rhino was present.  At Hippo Pools, a hippo and two crocodiles were lazing in the waters.  A secretary bird was catching a snake by Rhino Circuit.

All this took place between 4:00 – 7:00 pm.
Author: Joan Sikand

More lion sightings

On May 22 at No. 5, 6 and 7 Gareth Jones reported unique sightings of a lioness walking down the middle of the road while calling. Suddenly she is joined by 5 others, with 5 or 6 cars in tow  moving at lion pace. A traffic jam of some sort!

Senior Warden also reported lion sightings,  probably on hunt.

Game meat

Media reports appearing on the Daily Nation of May 21, indicate that the current drought has complicated threats to wildlife and humans through sale of uninspected game meat to customers through local butcheries. Miss Nancy Kabete of KWS is quoted as saying there is a double danger in reduced wildlife species and human beings contracting animal diseases. She also points out that the legal frame work does not punish or deter offenders adequately.

FoNNaP proposes that stiffer penalties be incorperated to equal economic crimes and/or environmental pollution for clear protection of wildlife from poachers and traffickers.

Sotokoto Safari Half Marathon Event

Nairobi National Park was the venue for the first ever Sotokoto Marathon named after a Japanese Magazine published by the main sponsor Mr. Oguro. The event attracted 2000 participants with a price money of KES 10 million. The winner took home KES 1.2 million. The total budget of the event was KES 25 million. The theme was “let us run together for peace and conservation”. No money was spared for conservation on that day.

FoNNaP wishes to approach the organizers of the marathon for support towards our operations and the Consolation Scheme.

The event however may have been in contravention of protected area rules and regulations, besides disturbance of wildlife and littering of the park. There were no visible dust bins provided to cater for the large number of spectators present. Hundreds of plastic bottles littered the park. We hope this will not be repeated.

Ecosystem News

Some patchy rains occurred all over the ecosystem, just enough to sprout fresh grass. More rainfall is needed. There is widespread distress among pastoralists with uncertainty on the future of livestock.

Habitat destruction continues alarmingly. Unlicensed charcoal burning, sand harvesting and quarrying pose the greatest danger besides overgrazing through livestock. On the other hand livestock numbers are falling. It has all  the signs of a vicious cycle.

The Wild dogs seen for some weeks along the Karero Hills have left. The young have grown up and can now move with the adults. – From near Ilbissel 17 wild dogs were reported, killed 8 goats.

Wild dog sightings have also been reported in Oltepesi, Kamukuru and Olorgesailie Predation cases have increased in the same areas. This is attributable largely to extensive poaching of all wildlife species by charcoal burners. About 200 charcoal burners have settled in makeshift camps throughout the Elangata Wuas. Up to 10 kongoni can be poached per person per day. Torches, pangas and hooting to confuse the game are used in the operation.

The situation has been reported to KWS.  A lead scientist in ILRI is mobilizing  media attention on the issue.

World Heritage site threatened with de-listing

Ngorongoro Crater, the legendary wildlife filled crater, is in danger of being deleted from UNESCO’s list of World
Heritage Sites. Mass tourism,  a trippled   human and livestock population in the last 30 years threatens to erode the magic of the Crater. The erosion of the soil and vegetation is associated with cattle and up to 300 tourist cars a day access into the crater. In our context Tsavo, Maasai Mara, Amboseli and also Nairobi Park face similar threats.

Our members and the general public are encouraged to exercise caution in all protected and unprotected areas. All natural ecosystems are fragile and most human activities threatens their stability.


Notice of FoNNaP AGM will be circulated in a special issue in the next two weeks once the audited accounts are ready.

Next Members Gathering

June 7, 2009, 11 am

Venue: KWS Guest House!

Guest Speaker: Dr. Joseph Ogutu

Subject: Wildlife Species Decline


2 responses to “Newsletter – May 2009

  1. I’m a Lecturer at Kenya Utalii College and registered for my PhD , Kenyatta University. I intend to conduct my research in Kitengela on Human Wildlife conflicts. I’m aware FoNNaP has been active in Kitengela. I’ve been trying to get your contact unsuccessfully. Kindly advise tha contact person. Regards, J. Wandaka

  2. Please scroll to the top of this page and click on CONTACT. All FoNNaP contacts are on the page that will open in your browser

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