KWS geared up for fight against poaching
from ANTONY LANGAT in Nairobi, Kenya
NAIROBI – KENYA Wildlife Service (KWS) has welcomed funds international bodies made available to curb poaching.
The organisation has received a major boost after some organizations pledged KSh 17,8million (US$ 210,000) towards the purchase of night vision equipment.
The pledges were made by the Wood and Tiger Foundation to the tune of Kshs 5.5million (US $ 64 000), Pegasus Foundation Kshs 3,8million (US $ 45 000), and Wild Cat Foundation through Animal Welfare Institute will provide Kshs 8,5 million (US $ 100 000).
KWS announced that the support was made to the KWS team while attending the recently concluded 2014 Smithsonian Folk Festival – Kenya Mambo Poa in Washington in the United States.
“The night vision equipment which has high performance capability will enable the KWS rangers to ‘own the night’,” said KWS in a statement.
The support comes just weeks after the parastatal was feted for its war against poaching in the country even though it seemed to have been losing in the recent past.
China, Kenya and the Lusaka Agreement Task Force (LATF) were awarded Certificates of Commendation for collaborative efforts to take down an international criminal syndicate smuggling ivory from Kenya to China.
The award was given during the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) event which took place as part of the 65th meeting of the CITES Standing Committee in Geneva, Switzerland, on July 7 to 11.
Prior to that however, a UN report which was released just after the killing of world famous elephant, Satao, at Tsavo National Park, indicated that levels of elephant poaching in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania remained alarmingly high and accounted for 80 per cent of seizures of ivory shipments in Africa.
– CAJ News
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