By our reporter
The wildlife conservation society has promised to maintain the 8 kilometre trench that was dug to prevent elephants from crossing from Queen Elizabeth national park onto the communities in neighboring communities especially in Kihihi and Nyanga Sub County.
This was yesterday revealed by Dr Simon Nampindo the country director wildlife conservation society (WCS) at the inception meeting of lion conservation crisis project held at Zendeire primary school in
Kazinga, Kihihi town council.
The function was held under the theme; for each lion saved, five businesses created’
Dr Simon Nampindo further revealed that animal numbers of lions, buffalos and elephants have continued to reduce blaming this on
poaching and poisoning by locals especially those in communities
neighboring the park.
He however said that
wildlife conservation society vows to conserve the wildlife as well as create
awareness among communities on the importance of wildlife.
Speaking at the same function, Kanungu deputy CAO Martin Paul Yiiga urged the locals to love, treasure and protect the park for the
tremendous benefits they get from them.
He added that just
last week, Kanungu district received 255 million shillings for revenue sharing funds
for kihihi and nyanga sub county.
Kanungu district vice
chairperson Gard Byomuhangi, urged the wildlife
conservation society (WCS) to partner with other conservation agencies
to establish an education fund specifically for children from families
along the park.
He is optimistic that this measure will also help address the challenge of poaching in the area.
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