Group ranches host significant proportions of Kenya’s terrestrial wildlife populations—including elephants that live outside or use lands beyond protected areas—and are predominantly inhabited by pastoralists. Since its implementation in the 1960s, the group ranch model has struggled to meet the demands of rising human and livestock populations and climate change impacts. Constrained by a lack of open space critical to their livelihood and facing dwindling prospects, group ranch pastoralists are increasingly sedentarized and diversifying into cultivation and tourism, often at the expense of wildlife populations and ecological processes.
The Kenya Wildlife Service dog unit has benefited from a Ksh 12.5 million customized canine van from the AWF.
The donation is within the framework of AWF’s long term collaborative relationship with KWS and specifically within the current agreement between the two institutions.
After many gloomy days, finally some good news for the African elephant, buffalo, and giraffe.
The conviction rate for wildlife crimes in Kenya has risen to over 90 percent from 43 percent in 2013—according to the Office of Director of Public Prosecution—signaling a significant achievement in the war against poaching for government agencies and other conservation bodies.
While it’s often what gets the most attention, wildlife trafficking isn’t the only threat to Africa’s wildlife. As people and wildlife increasingly find themselves in closer quarters a new problem is intensifying: that of human–wildlife conflict.