Kenya, Tanzania, plans a census

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Kenya, Tanzania, plans a census

Wednesday January 27, 2021

Tourists watch wildebeest cross the Mara River in the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve in 2016. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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From KEVIN ROTICH
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Summary

  • Kenya and Tanzania will conduct a joint cross-border census of rhinos and other large mammals in the shared Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.
  • The census is one of the resolutions reached by a joint meeting of tourism stakeholders from both countries at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge.
  • The meeting, titled Greater Serengeti Society Platform, was chaired by the Chairman of the Council of Governors’ Tourism and Natural Resource Management Committee, Samuel Tunai.

Kenya and Tanzania will conduct a joint cross-border census of rhinos and other large mammals in the shared Mara-Serengeti ecosystem.

The census is one of the resolutions reached by a joint meeting of tourism stakeholders from both countries at the Mara Serena Safari Lodge.

The meeting, titled Greater Serengeti Society Platform, was chaired by the Chairman of the Council of Governors’ Tourism and Natural Resource Management Committee, Samuel Tunai.

The forum looked at the successes in preserving the Great Serengeti’s ecosystem, as well as the challenges and actions required.

The workshop, moderated by the European Union, was attended by executives and directors of the Tanzania National Parks, Kenya Wildlife Services and the Wildlife Management Authority in Tanzania.

Others are Narok County, Maasai Mara Game Reserve, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, Grumeti & Friedkin, and the Maasai Mara Wildlife Associations.

Mr Tunai, who is also the governor of Narok, said that during the meeting a committee was formed to prepare the cross-border census, which the Kenya Wildlife Service, ranger of Narok County Government, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, Wildlife Division attended of Tanzania and the Tanzania National Parks involved are NGOs.

The aim of the air count is to determine the population, trends and distribution of wild animals and to promote cross-border cooperation between the two East African countries in the monitoring and management of wild animals.

“The information gleaned from the census will determine how many rhinos there are. The data will be used to plan and prepare management for potential wildlife security and human-animal conflict incidents in the ecosystem,” Tunai said.

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