By Shamini Jayanathan, Director of Wildlife Law & Justice. Published 31 January 2018. In January 2019, Kenya made amendments to the Wildlife Conservation Management Act (WCMA) 2013 that includes heavier penalties for wildlife criminals. The WCMA 2013, as well as other natural resource management laws, aim to ensure Kenya’s natural resources are protected in […]
By Caroline Chebet, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, The Standard. Published 24 January 2018. Sounds of croaking frogs and quacking ducks in a pool of water draws one to an expansive field of a hotel within the Masai Mara National Reserve. The field aptly mirrors the new technology fast being adopted by hoteliers in managing waste […]
By Caroline Chebet, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, The Standard. Published 20 December 2018. Kenya lacks capacity to punish those involved in wildlife-related crimes, a new report has indicated. The report by WildlifeDirect, a Kenyan and US registered charitable organisation, says some of those Kenya has failed to arrest and prosecute are world’s most wanted […]
By Caroline Chebet, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, The Standard. Published 22 December 2018. Kenya’s war against poaching is hampered by ill-equipped forensic laboratories to investigate wildlife crimes. A report analysing the country’s law enforcement response to wildlife crimes indicates that the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) forensic laboratories lack the capacity to analyse ivory and rhino horn samples.
By Caroline Chebet, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, The Standard. Published 28 December 2018. Elephant deaths have dropped by 30 percent this year with 396 deaths recorded this year as compared to 727 deaths last year. In a statement by the Kenya Wildlife Service, poaching of elephants has also reduced by 50 percent this year […]
By Caroline Chebet, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, Standard Digital. Published 27 November 2018. The Kenya Wildlife Service has lifted the suspension of darting of wildlife for purposes of disease surveillance, clinical monitoring and diagnosis of sick wildlife. The KWS had suspended darting of wildlife following botched translocation that led to the death of 11 […]
By Caroline Chebet, Giants Club African Conservation Fellow, Standard Digital. Published 22 November 2018. Three rhinos that died within Mara Triangle are suspected to have succumbed to an infectious disease, close sources have revealed. The death of the three rhinos which occurred between November 12 and 19 within the conservancy has sparked fears, with surveillance […]