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The Standard   24 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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YouTube   24 Feb, 2012
The Kenya Wildlife Service in Narok is sending a stern warning to persons involved in the illegal ivory trade following the arrest of three suspected poachers who were found with two pieces of elephant tusks. The three suspects including an eleven-year-old boy are said to have been working for an unknown dealer and the KWS officials say they will do everything possible to catch up with the unscrupulous dealers involved in the trade that endangers the lives of elephants...
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The Guardian   23 Feb, 2012
The people of Kilifi County value the protection of the complex ecosystems of Arabuko Sokoke above the demands of miners, poachers and illegal loggers. The conservation of forests in Kenya has been a challenge to policy makers. The majority of the rural population rely on charcoal and firewood for domestic use. Illegal logging, land grabbing, and human encroachment are some of the challenges facing the whole country. There's one area that is an exception: Arabuko Sokoke, where the people of Kilifi County have conserved the largest indigenous coastal forest in East Africa. ...
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The Star   23 Feb, 2012
Public Works assistant minister Mwangi Kiunjuri collected signatures, witness statements and other evidence from Laikipia residents to strengthen a court case in which he intends sue local ranchers and the government. He also wants the government to be compelled to adequately compensate people whose relatives have been killed, those maimed, and anyone who has suffered losses as a result of stray wild animals. ...
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The Star   22 Feb, 2012
Kenyans have been implored to embrace healthy living to ward off lifestyle diseases . A senior official at the Kenya Wildlife Service said increasing incidences of obesity, high blood pressure, arthritis and other lifestyle diseases could be attributed to sedentary lifestyles. Mt Longonot National Park warden Collins Ochieng said there are numerous outdoor and physical activities that Kenyans can involve in. ...
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Physorg.com   21 Feb, 2012
In August, the Princeton researchers reported in the journal Evolutionary Ecology Research that cattle paired with donkeys gained 60 percent more weight than those left to graze only with other cows. The researchers proposed that the donkeys — which were chosen as tamer stand-ins for zebras and other wild horses — ate the rough upper-portion of grass that cows have difficulty digesting, leaving behind the lush lower vegetation...
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The Star   21 Feb, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service officers are searching for a rogue hippopotamus that reportedly attacked and killed a man at Mongotini Malimo village of Goshi location, Malindi district. The senior warden in charge at the Malindi Marine National Park, Isaac Mugo, said his officers have been unsuccessfully searching for the animal last five days. He said game rangers have been instructed to kill the hippo if they come across it as it is a threat to people living near River Sabaki ...
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Grassroots.co.ke   21 Feb, 2012
Kenya and Tanzania wildlife authorities have embarked on a 10-day joint carnivore census in the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro cross-border ecosystem, wildlife officials said on Friday. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the exercise which begun on Tuesday is being carried out with Tanzania Wildlife Division and the African Wildlife Fund (AWF) to determine the abundance and spatial distribution of large carnivores across the cross-border ecosystem. ...
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The Star   20 Feb, 2012
A retired veterinary surgeon is counting losses after a herd of 30 elephants invaded his farm and destroyed his sorghum crop worth more than Sh400,000 at Muhotetu in Laikipia West district. Elijah Ngarari said the elephants entered the farm at midnight on Thursday and ruined the crop before moving into his compound where they destroyed his fence. ...
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Business Daily   20 Feb, 2012
Investors who had hoped to cash in on the proximity to Kenya’s first ICT Park in Konza to make capital gains will be disappointed as the government moved to bar human settlement within two kilometres of the park. The promoters of the Sh800 billion-technopolis say that the government will control development for a radius of 10 kilometres and it will establish a park in the two kilometre zone surrounding the technology city to be run by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). ...
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Africa Science News   20 Feb, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the Ministry of Livestock Development will next week start an extensive foot and mouth disease surveillance in buffaloes in the Maasai Mara, Laikipia and Tsavo areas. These areas are known to have extensive wildlife-livestock interaction, hence possible disease transmission between them. The three-week exercise will begin in the Maasai Mara National Reserve and its environs in Narok County from Monday (February 20, 2012). This will be followed by Laikipia-Samburu ecosystem and finally Tsavo. ...
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Coastweek   19 Feb, 2012
Kenya and Tanzania wildlife authorities have embarked on a 10-day joint carnivore census in the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro cross-border ecosystem, wildlife officials said on Friday. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) said the exercise which begun on Tuesday is being carried out with Tanzania Wildlife Division and the African Wildlife Fund (AWF) to determine the abundance and spatial distribution of large carnivores across the cross-border ecosystem. ...
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The Star   18 Feb, 2012
MORE animal species have been introduced in Ruma National Park in Homa Bay County to improve tourism in the Western Tourism Circuit. The Kenya Wildlife Service has also increased the numbers of existing animals in its on-going restocking programme. Those introduced yesterday included zebras, wildebeest and white rhinoceros. The park is famous for the rare and endangered roan antelope, roth child giraffe and the tiny oribi antelope. ...
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ShanghaiDaily.com   17 Feb, 2012
ON a pillar in the Beijing Chengtian Antique City, a conspicuous warning is posted: Dealing in ivory and rhino horn products is strictly forbidden. But under secret counters in this market and in the hideaways of contraband sellers, the illegal trade of ivory is flourishing amid rising demand. ...
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The Standard   17 Feb, 2012
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has relocated starving snakes that had been abandoned in a snake park near the Tsavo East National Park in Taita-Taveta County. KWS officials said a woman who had been operating the snake park near Bachuma KWS Gate along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway abandoned the reptiles in a building belonging to the Kenya Railways Corporation. ...
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Kenya Wildlife Service   16 Feb, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service in partnership with Tanzania Wildlife Division and the African Wildlife Fund (AWF) will from Tuesday, February 14, 2012 begin a joint first-ever large carnivore census in the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro cross-border ecosystem. The 10-day census programme which has been funded jointly by KWS and AWF to a tune of KSh1.2 million is set to determine the abundance and spatial distribution of large carnivores across the cross-border ecosystem....
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The Star   16 Feb, 2012
FORMER Tourism and Wildlife permanent secretary Rebecca Nabutola yesterday told the High Court that a trip organised for permanent secretaries four years ago was above board. Nabutola told magistrate Lucy Nyambura that the three days' trip to the famous Maasai Mara game reserve was funded by various stakeholders in the tourism sector. ...
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prsync.com   15 Feb, 2012
The Beach Management Program brings together the community and local hotels including Nyali International Beach Hotel, Voyager Beach Resort, Kenya Bay Beach Hotel, Sarova Whitesands Beach Resort, and Serena Beach Hotel and Spa, to improve the beach environment for all. The 12 kilometre stretch of beach between Serena and Nyali in Mombasa will have improved safety for visitors and improved cleanliness for marine species. ...
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Express TravelWorld   15 Feb, 2012
After witnessing a growth of 24 per cent and attracting 59,000 Indian visitors last year, the Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) is going to develop its first online destination specialist programme for Indian travel agents by next financial year....
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The Star   15 Feb, 2012
Kenya Wildlife Service wants to increase its revenue to to Sh20 billion by the year 2020, director Julius Kipng'etich has said. Kipng'etich said KWS aims at increasing its annual revenue return at 10-15 per cent. Kipng'etich was addressing employees of KWS at a Nakuru hotel. The meeting was attended by residents living near the Nakuru National Park. ...
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