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George Adamson's death remembered

Date Published: 15 Aug, 2011
George Adamson's death remembered

'George Adamson' a renowned British conservationist. picture courtesy of Bill Trevors

Kenya Wildlife service has organized a big event on August 20 to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of renowned British conservationist George Adamson's death.  The event will take place in Kora National Park with the main ceremony of the day being held at the graves of George, Terence Adamson and boy the lion.The event is a moving occasion with a new generation of Kenyans and visitors from other parts of the world paying their respects to George, his work, his vision and his love of wildlife.The purpose of the celebrations is to remember the conservation works in Kora National Park pioneered by Mr. Adamson by bringing together people from all walks who have interest on history and works of him and conservation.The event will also capture and market unique features and activities in Kora National Park. Mr. Adamson moved to Kora National Park in 1970 to continue the rehabilitation of captive or orphaned big cats for eventual; reintroduction into the wild.

On August 1989, the 83 year old Adamson was shot to death at Kora National Park by Somali bandits when he went to the aid of a tourist. The Kora National Park was gazetted in 1973 as a reserve and gazetted as a park in 1990. It comprises of an area of a little over 1700 km2. This triangle of dense woodland and scrub is limited along its 65 km northern boundary by the Tana River, which rises in the highlands between Aberdare and Mount Kenya, before commencing its 700 km passage to the Indian Ocean.Its major attractions include pristine wilderness, Inselbergs, Tana River with Adamson's Falls, Grand Falls and Kora rapids, diverse birdlife and the George Adamson's grave.

The park management will on this occasion highlight a planned management program of the park in which the lion conservation and re-introduction will be the key note feature while at the same time see the revamping of the tourism program which has already seen the ground breaking ceremony by an investor. The park management will be keen to use the management plan developed for the MCA, which is due for revision, to rope in stakeholders like the Mwingi county council which have a huge stake in the management of the Mwingi N. Reserve among others. Roads rehabilitation and creation of game drive circuits is in top gear with the KRB coming on board to bolster the park management effort of opening up this last wilderness in our country.The event has which was also marketed through the internet via face book has seen a lot of rave reviews by members of the MCA face book and as at yesterday over 70 people had confirmed attendance by the same media outlet.

Access to Kora N. Park which is Coast Province, is either through Meru. N. Park via the Kora Bridge on River Tana and drive along the river till you get to the camping venue which is all set or drive along the Mwingi reserve to Tseikuru, Macuungwa then into Kora. The other option is via the Thika-Mwingi-Tseikuru-Macuungwa road especially for teams going for the event from Nairobi. Activities to mark the occasion have been upgraded to include, cultural exhibitions, corporate exhibition, camel rides and the George Adamson ritual of climbing the Kora rock and calling out for the lion assembly which is a must do foe every sor-journer into Kora and on this occasion as well. This is an early morning activity at sunrise. There will be film shows on the life and times of GA on the 19th evening and traditional dances from the surrounding communities on the 20th to mark the day.

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