Kenya’s game reserves, parks suffer losses over mismanagement


Kenya’s game reserves, parks suffer losses over mismanagement
Elephants in the Maasai Mara. Photo/LISA KAMAU

More than 21 national game reserves in the country have suffered huge losses while others have been shut down following poor management, Northern Rangeland Chairman Tom Lalampaa has said.

According to Mr Lalampaa, the poor management of the game reserves has seen the tourism sector deteriorate to the point of leading to the closure of the reserves.

“Over 21 national game parks and reserves have been dysfunctional because residents leaving near the parks are invading and settling in them,” said Mr Lalampaa.

Among the affected game parks and reserves are Losai Park in Marsabit County, and the Laikipia Reserve among others.

Speaking to Citizen Digital, Mr Lalampaa said national parks and game reserves are major contributors to the country’s tourism sector, adding that the Northern Rangeland Trust has vowed to support community conservancies in the area as well as improve security.

 

Written by Treeza Awuor

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