World Wildlife Day 2017
On 3rd March, ANAW joined the global conservation fraternity in marking the World Wildlife Day. Activities in Kenya took place in Nakuru county, starting with a 3.3km band procession from the Lake Nakuru National Park to the venue of the activity, Afraha Stadium. This year’s theme, “Listen to the Young Voices” drew hundreds of young participants from across the country to the event, and who voiced their thoughts on conservation through music, dance and a story writing competition. Prof Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Regional Development Authorities officiated the celebration, which was also graced by the Kenya Wildlife Service Director General, Mr. Kitli Mbathi. Both dignitaries encouraged the youth to continue pursuing conservation initiatives that would ensure protection and continuity of the country’s national heritage. These sentiments are supported by ANAW, as we work to capacity build young men in Kasigau ranch as wildlife guardians. The guardians patrol the 53,000-acre ranch to protect resident and migratory species including elephants moving from Tsavo West National Park to Tsavo East National Park. They have not only gained increased knowledge and appreciation of animal welfare and conservation but through this initiative, have had a positive impact in the community which has seen the rate of poaching and human wildlife conflict reduce by up to 93% in 2016.