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First Lady cites conservation as pillar to drive growth of niche tourism in Kenya


The First Lady, Mama Rachel Ruto, has cited conservation as a critical pillar for sustainable tourism in Kenya.

The Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy (MKWC) released ten adult mountain bongos into the Mawingu Mountain Bongo Sanctuary, during which the First Lady spoke.

The long-term vision of the 2019-launched Mountain Bongo National Recovery and Action Plan enshrines Kenya’s ambitious plan to achieve a national population of 750 Mountain Bongos in the next 50 years.

The release of the Mountain Bongo into the sanctuary is the culmination of Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy’s 20-year journey and a significant highlight event.

Humphrey Kariuki, the Patron of Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy, praised the release of the Mountain Bongos into their rightful home in the wild as not just a victory for conservationists but for all of humanity.

Dr. Alfred Mutua, the Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, underscored the significance of the comprehensive strategy the government has implemented to bolster wildlife conservation.

“The successful release of Mountain Bongos at Mawingu Sanctuary today (Tuesday) highlights the possibilities available when stakeholders harness collective will and resources towards a common goal”, he said.


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