KWCA CEO Dickson Kaelo was a guest at K24 news bulleting program Gumzo Hapo ndipo aired on 30th September 2017 to discussed emerging forms of poaching especially commercial killing of hippos for meat in Maasai Mara.
KWCA commemorated World Rangers Day on 31st July 2017 by raising awareness on the role conservancy rangers in wildlife conservation and management and the challenges they experience working in harsh cattle rustling prone areas.
“Grass is the foundation upon which conservancies are dependent on for wildlife and livestock. Conservancies act as a grass bank during drought seasons.” KWCA CEO, Dickson Kaelo at the Grazing for Change Conference at the National museums of Kenya held on 8th February 2017.
The onset of the rains marks the end of a dry spell that in some cases resulted in conflict over pasture for livestock between pastoralists and ranch owners in Laikipia County. However in the Mara the Maasai community was able to peacefully accommodate migrating pastoralists and share their pasture through cultural dialogue an age old tradition for the Maasai.
Establishment of conservancies is the most beneficial land use option for both human and wildlife co-existence. It has provided benefits such as guaranteed payments from conservancy fees, legal and controlled grazing of cattle, employment, infrastructural development, conservation of Kenya’s wildlife habitat among others. KWCA is working with Kenya Wildlife Service to ensure incentives are created for conservancies so as to secure our wildlife.
Human Wildlife Conflict is a threat to our eco-regions in the conservation of our bio-diversity. There is need to protect our wildlife from the threat of extinction so as to safeguard our natural heritage.