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KWS to host workshop on endangered Roan Antelope

Date Published: 13 Sep, 2011
KWS to host workshop on endangered Roan Antelope

The endangered roan antelope at Ruma National Park

Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) will host a national stakeholder’s workshop from September 14-16, 2011 in Homa Bay to formulate a national recovery and conservation strategy for the endangered roan antelope.

The strategy is expected to guide the roan antelope conservation efforts by exploring all options available to ensure the species thrives for present and future generations.The decline in numbers and shrinkage in distribution of roan antelopes in Kenya has necessitated the formation of a national roan antelope conservation task force that will steer the process of formulating a national recovery, conservation and management strategy.The workshop will discuss key features of the strategy, various challenges and risk factors facing the species. The workshop is also set to develop a vision, goal and strategic objectives for the strategy.  The roan, once widely distributed through the savannah woodlands of East, Central, Southern and Western Africa, has declined rapidly during the last 40 years throughout much of its traditional habitat.    Originally, the roan occupied fairly large areas of Southern Kenya, occurring from Lake Natron to Lake Victoria and North to Mt Elgon and the Cherangani Hills, as well as in two pockets centred around Thika / Kitui and an area to the East of the Chyulu Hills. 

  However, in the last decade, there have been no confirmed reports of the species from either the Eastern Mara and Oloolol Escarpment, or the Mt Elgon region.The last known refuge of the species in Kenya is the Lambwe Valley in the 120 square kilometre Ruma National Park, 425 km West of Nairobi in Nyanza Province. The population at Ruma National Park has declined from 202 individuals in 1976 to about 50 individuals currently.

 

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