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The EastAfrican    12 Mar, 2012
The Kruger National Park in South Africa is world famous because the South African are masters at marketing. Consider this: Within 18 years of coming out of the Apartheid era, when all they relied on was local tourism, the tourism industry has grown to over 10 million arrivals annually while tourist numbers are growing by more than a million annually. ...
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Kenya Wildlife Service   08 Mar, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) regrets to announce the death of two rangers while on duty on Friday morning. The rangers, who were on a patrol mission to remove wire snares (traps) used to kill wild animals in Sagala Ranch, were ambushed by poachers who shot them dead and stole their rifles and bullets. Subsequently, a massive operation was mounted jointly by KWS and other security agencies. During this operation, 33 suspects were arrested....
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allAfrica.com   08 Mar, 2012
MORE than 40 suspects have so far been arrested in connection with the killing of two Kenya Wildlife Service rangers while on patrol in a private ranch in Taita Taveta county on Friday last week. The rangers were on a mission to remove snares at Sagala Ranch when they were ambushed by armed poachers who shot them dead and made away with their rifles. Witnesses said the six attackers are shiftas who linked to increased poaching activities in the private ranches adjacent to the Tsavo National Park. The incident happened barely a week after two elephants were killed by suspected poachers at the Lwalenyi Ranch in Mwatate district. ...
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g.krom   07 Mar, 2012
The Kenya Wildlife Services officers in Voi are in hot pursuit of an armed gang of suspected poachers who killed two rangers on patrol in a private ranch in Taita on Friday. The rangers were on a normal patrol in Sagalla ranch when they encountered the six armed men who shot them dead. Cases of poaching are rampnat in the private ranches bordering the Tsavo National Park with unconfirmed reports indicating that some 30 elephants have been killed in Taita ranches in the last seven months. ...
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The Star   05 Mar, 2012
MORE than 20 elephants have been killed in the vast Marsabit Forest in the Central division of Marsabit county in the last two months as Ethiopian poachers invade the forest. Marsabit Central DC Ruto Kipchumba said hundreds of poachers have found their way into the forest from Ethiopia and are causing havoc by killing elephants. ...
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The Star   05 Mar, 2012
Matano Manne residents now want the Kenya Wildlife Service to compensate those bitten by snakes. Vitengeni ward Councilor Teddy Mwambire said most of the residents bitten by snakes have not neither been compensated nor their cases documented by KWS. “In this area we have a very big challenge of snakebites. It has affected us greatly and KWS should do something about it,” he said. He lamented that KWS was reluctant to compensate them but if someone is found with a snake’s skin is charged a lot of money or faces jail term. ...
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Capital News   05 Mar, 2012
In another incident, two Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers were gunned down at the weekend and their firearms taken away during an attack near Tsavo East. The two, including a female officer were on patrol near Sagala ranch when armed bandits confronted them. KWS Spokesman Paul Mbugua said they believe the bandits escaped with gun shot injuries and have launched a man hunt for them. ...
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The Star   03 Mar, 2012
THEY have earned the envy of many by being the first women's group in Coast province, a region with crippling poverty, to start viable economic projects but at the same time being environmentally conscious. The small village in Vuga location, Kwale district, has been buzzing with activity as visitors from around and beyond tour the area to have a glimpse of the venture that has seen the locals sustain their livelihood, as well as conserve the environment. ...
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Capital News   29 Feb, 2012
Home » Kenya, Top stories » Photographer Grieves-Cook diesPhotographer Grieves-Cook dies Posted by BERNARD MOMANYI on March 4, 2012 NAIROBI, Kenya Mar 4 – A director of a popular tour company died late Saturday when he jumped off the third floor balcony at an apartment in Lang’ata, Nairobi to escape from armed thugs. The man identified by police as Charlie Grieves-Cook was pronounced dead on arrival in hospital. A guard who attempted to confront the armed thugs was shot and seriously wounded, but police said Sunday he had been declared out of danger. Apart from being the proprietor of a tour firm, Grieves-Cook is also a renowned photographer in the region. “He fell badly after jumping from the balcony and he died on arrival in hospital,” Nairobi PPO Antony Kibuchi said and assured that an investigation into the incident has been launched. Area divisional Police chief David Bunei said no arrests had been made by Sunday afternoon. “We will definitely get them (attackers). Immediately the man fell down, there was confusion all over, the thugs did not manage to enter the house,” Bunei said. “They fled immediately and that is when they opened fire at the guard and wounded him.” Bunei said the man was in the company of woman walking upstairs when the confrontation occurred. “We are told the two men were just walking casually upstairs following the deceased and the lady, that is when they confronted them and it appears they wanted to force them into the house, sparking a confrontation,” Bunei explained. The incident occurred at an apartment on Lang’ata road near Uchumi Supermaket. By the time police arrived at the scene, the man had been rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body was taken to the Lee Funeral Home. In another incident, two Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers were gunned down at the weekend and their firearms taken away during an attack near Tsavo East. The two, including a female officer were on patrol near Sagala ranch when armed bandits confronted them. KWS Spokesman Paul Mbugua said they believe the bandits escaped with gun shot injuries and have launched a man hunt for them. ...
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allAfrica.com   29 Feb, 2012
Work on the Southern Bypass project starts this week and service providers in the area have been directed to relocate. Kenya Power and the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company are some of the utility providers who have been directed by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority to move their infrastructure to allow for the construction of the road. ...
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The Star   28 Feb, 2012
THERE was drama at Mayungu area in Malindi constituency when fishermen and a section of the locals evicted workers of an Italian investor putting up a perimeter wall at a prime beach plot which they are claiming ownership. The angry fishermen armed with stones and rungus cornered the casual workers and attacked them before ordering them out of the controversial 5.2 hectares beach plot number 427 which is in dispute. Drama unfolded moments after government officials from the provincial administration, Fisheries ministry, Kenya Wildlife Service and local leaders marked the 60 metres from the high water mark which the investor Daniel Ricci gave to the locals for fish landing and boat repair yard. Representatives of the investor, who has a title deed for the prime land, brought in workers to set up a boundary perimeter wall for the investor to start a multi-million hotels and a fish-processing plant. ...
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The Star   28 Feb, 2012
Work on the Southern Bypass project starts this week and service providers in the area have been directed to relocate. Kenya Power and the Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company are some of the utility providers who have been directed by the Kenya Urban Roads Authority to move their infrastructure to allow for the construction of the road. In 1990’s the Kenyan government with the support of Japanese government undertook detailed design studies for the proposed Nairobi Bypass aimed at decongesting the city. The study proposed additional bypasses which included the construction of missing links, the almost completed Eastern and Northern bypasses, and the Thika superhighway ...
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The Star   28 Feb, 2012
A 55-year-old farmer in Mwingi East district was yesterday counting loses after stray leopards mauled eight of his goats in Kangilwa village, Yumbu sub-location, on Saturday night. Even as the local assistant chief, Joseph Ngundo, said residents have been gripped by fear due the presences of the dangerous cats from Kora National Park, Malonza Kithome, a retired Kenya Army officer, wants the government to compensate him for the loss of his goats. When the Star visited his home, we found carcasses of four goats kept under a tree as a sad reminder of the aftermath of the previous night attack. Another one in the throes of death was groaning helplessly under a different tree, in the pen. ...
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Coastweek   27 Feb, 2012
Willie Mwadilo, Sarova Taita Lodges General Manager, has been elected the KAHC chairman, Tsavo and Amboseli Region. He was elected during a KAHC stakeholders meeting held at Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge on the 14th Jan, 2012. He will be representing the interests of the stakeholders in Tsavo East, Tsavo West and Amboseli. ...
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The Star   27 Feb, 2012
FARMERS at the Kerio Valley have protested destruction of their crops by elephants from the Rimoi Game Reserve. They are now urging the Kenya Wildlife Service to speed up the erecting of an electric fence around the game reserve to end the frequent human and wildlife conflict, which they attributed to under- development in the region. According to Mango farmer Francis Kiplagat, KWS is taking their security concern lightly despite several reminders....
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The Standard   26 Feb, 2012
The Kenya Forest Service (KFS) has slapped a ban on charcoal burning around the Mau forest to contain the current fires. The KFS Narok Zone manager, Joshua Charana, said yesterday his office has suspended issuance of permits for transportation of charcoal and other forest products until the end of the current dry spell. ...
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Coastweek   25 Feb, 2012
Kenya on Wednesday launched a 10- year national elephant conservation and management aimed at protecting largest land animal. Minister of Forestry and Wildlife Dr. Noah Wekesa who launched the strategy said the government initiated the development of the strategy after realizing the need to have a well coordinated approach to deal with emerging challenges of illegal killings of elephant for their ivory as well as the loss of available elephant range resulting from growing human population. ...
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/9100415/The-woman-who-fosters-elephants-in-Kenya.html   24 Feb, 2012
For more than half a century Dame Daphne Sheldrick has rescued and looked after orphaned elephants and other animals in Kenya ...
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The Star   24 Feb, 2012
THE Kenya Wildlife Service wants a case by a formerdirector Evans Mukolwe who is seeking to be reinstated dismissed because the positionhas been filled. In reply to Mukolwe's application, the KWS says the former KWS chief is engaging in “a game of chancel”. KWS through acting secretaryThomas Ogola states in an affidavit that the new KWS director JuliusKipngetich was appointed by President Mwai Kibaki on December 21 2004 and he is still in office. ...
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The Standard   24 Feb, 2012
Poachers raided Rimoi National Reserve in Elgeyo/Marakwet and killed two elephants. Kenya Wildlife Service rangers found the carcasses at Chegilet near Kerio River. And in Narok, KWS rangers arrested three suspected poachers, among them a boy, in possession of two elephant tusks weighing 26.5 kilogrammes. ...
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