Why Conservancies Matter for Wildlife Conservation in Kenya
Posted: 15th Aug 2017 11:10:00 AM
Space, or lack of it, is the elephant in the room in conservation all across Africa. While emotive factors such as human-wildlife conflict, poaching, and trafficking of wildlife products often capture newspaper headlines, loss of space is in fact the silent driver responsible for our rapid loss of biodiversity.
In Kenya this reality is stark. Habitat loss has decimated more than half of our wildlife, and few people are aware that only 8.2 per cent (47,820km2) of the country’s land mass is under parks and reserves. One park -- Tsavo National Park -- contributes nearly half this area with the rest spread across 23 terrestrial parks, 4 marine parks, 32 terrestrial reserves, 6 marine reserves, and 4 sanctuaries.
In contrast, Tanzania and Uganda have designated for conservation 32 per cent and 16 per cent of their terrestrial landscapes respectively.