Wild Game Ranching: A Study of Conservation Through Utilization in Kenya
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In the course of the last twenty years wildlife management in Kenya has had its ups and downs. At the time of independence little recognition of the need for any action existed. Shortly thereafter, President Jomo Kenyatta realized the valuable resource at hand and created the first of a string of beautiful national parks and reserves, Nairobi National Park. During the 1970's a greater need for animal protection became apparent as poachers decimated Kenyan herds. Strong public sentiment and pressure from the international conservation community brought about tough preservation legislation. Since that time most animal populations have returned to their 1970 numbers. A new scenario exists in Kenya in the 1980's. A rapidly growing human population is demanding more space for crops, livestock, and living. Encroachment on the game preserve areas has begun to once again endanger wildlife populations by destroying their habitats. Expanded tourism due to wildlife has made a few Kenyans rich, but by and large has left the average Kenyan with a resentment for the very animals s/he once worked to save. Only a reconciliation which integrates wildlife conservation with human need will meet with success in this rapidly developing African country.If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request access to this SIP.