Is the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife doing enough in the conservation of Wild animals?

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Baringo County is known for tourist attraction and is yet to be the first geopark site in the country if approved by UNESCO, but might soon be losing its pride of tourist attraction as cases of wild animals being run over by reckless and heartless drivers increases.

In the busy Kabarnet-Nakuru highway at least one to three wild animals are run over every day while trying to cross the road, tortoise being the most affected due to their slow motion.

Tortoise are special creatures and cannot run for life compared to other wild animal. Instead of running for dear life a tortoise will stop and hide its head inside its shelter and waits for its fate.

Is the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife doing enough in the conservation of Wild animals?

A kind drive will alight and carry it to the other side of the road, while another one will find his way leaving it hiding its head on the road and the cruel one will run over it.

Some farmers are also killing the poor animal while preparing their land or whenever they find it on their farms “destroying their crops.”

Despite Permanent Secretary for Wildlife State Department Prof Fred Segor coming from Baringo County wild animals are not safe.

What is Baringo County Wildlife Conservancy doing to ensure that cases of wild animals being run over by drivers during the day and at night reduce? Or just end it if not too much to ask?

Is the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife doing enough in the conservation of Wild animals?

Have they sensitized the public and the drivers on the importance of wild animals in the County? And the need to conserve them?

Have they organized workshops to create awareness among drivers and the locals on the need to conserve wild animals?

Is the ministry of Tourism and Wildlife putting equal efforts in the conservation of animals like tortoise as that of elephants or rather the big five? Wait, when was the last time you heard of an elephant killed? Is it because it can fight back or it is protected by the government because it attracts tourist more than tortoise, fox, jackal among other creatures?

In Kalenjin culture it is taboo to kill wild animals but do we still adhere to our culture?

Adapted from Independent Reporters.

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