Kenya Wildlife Service
Kenya Wildlife Service

Tanzania and Kenya have agreed to reinforce security in the Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem with a view of protecting wildlife in the area.

Marko Meoli, chief park warden at Mkomazi National Park, made the remarks on Monday when speaking on what transpired at the recent meeting organized by the Africa Wildlife Foundation (AWF).

Meoli said that the joint patrol between Kenya and Tanzania has had fruitful results in the survival of elephants and other wild animals roaming the ecosystem.

“We’ve been conducting joint and concurrent patrols between Kenya and Tanzania and the results have paid off as poaching incidents have gone down,” Meoli said.

George Osul, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) South Rift Regional Assistant Director, attributed the success of conservation efforts between the two countries to close sharing of intelligence reports and spearheading efforts on raising awareness on the importance of conservation.

Tsavo West Senior Warden Capt Ken Ochieng noted that poaching of bushmeat was a serious problem in the ecosystem.

“Livestock incursion used to be a problem but we have contained it, we are now faced with a problem of bushmeat,” he revealed.

During the meeting, the wildlife officers and other authorities reviewed progress reports and status of cross-border affairs and shared intelligence pertaining to poaching and trafficking of wildlife products in the in Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem, about 48,656 square kilometers.

The AWF in partnership with Kenyan and Tanzanian wildlife agencies have in the last 16 years concentrated their activities on securing corridors along this vital ecosystem to minimize human-wildlife conflicts. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh