International players urged to support fight against poaching



By  Brenda Kiprono

The government is calling on the international community to join in the fight against poaching and conservation of elephants.

Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu says the war against poachers will only be won if the international community partnered with respective governments in achieving the goal.

Every year during the national St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, a world famous attraction and site goes green.

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This year, the greening initiative chose Kenya where Ahmed, the iconic Kenyan elephant went green Tuesday night at the Kenya National Museums in Nairobi spearheaded by the Irish Embassy in Nairobi..

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Each year, close to 20,000 elephants are killed across Africa, and Kenya is asking other nations to join in the campaign to protect the wildlife.

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Meanwhile, the Kenya Wild Life Service and the Save the Elephant organization has so far collared four elephants in the Tsavo National Park as it seeks to monitor how the new standard gauge railway (SGR) line will affect their lives.

The project, undertaken with technical and logistical support from Save the Elephants will involve fitting 10 jumbos near the SGR in the Tsavo ecosystem with advanced satellite radio tracking collars.

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The exercise that kicked off on Monday aims at providing data for long-term planning and to understand the effectiveness of wildlife crossings and their sustainability.

Officers are using a chopper and a fixed wing aircraft to dart the elephants and quickly put the surveillance collar. The collars will remain on necks of the animals for the rest of their lives.



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