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Two Machakos ranches to serve as corridor for Nairobi park wildlife

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Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Wildlife ministry Thursday registered International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kapiti Plains and Swara Plains Estates in Machakos County as wildlife conservancy enlarging the city’s park.
  • The estates comprising of 32,022 acres and 15,000 acres respectively will now act as wildlife corridors connecting to Nairobi National Park.
  • The ministry also inaugurated the task force on wildlife corridor connectivity between the park and Athi-Kapiti plains.

Two vast ranches in Machakos have been granted the licence to operate as conservancies in a shift that will create a single wildlife corridor with the Nairobi National Park.

Wildlife ministry Thursday registered International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Kapiti Plains and Swara Plains Estates in Machakos County as wildlife conservancy enlarging the city’s park.

The estates comprising of 32,022 acres and 15,000 acres respectively will now act as wildlife corridors connecting to Nairobi National Park.

The ministry also inaugurated the task force on wildlife corridor connectivity between the park and Athi-Kapiti plains.

“The Nairobi National Park forms only a small fraction of this large ecosystem and it is not big enough to meet the ecological requirements of its wildlife populations throughout the year,” Tourism and Wildlife CS Najib Balala said.

“This is why wildlife corridors are important for maintaining the viability of isolated wildlife populations and for preventing habitat degradation by confined wildlife.”

ILRI had been engaging in livestock research activities relating to food and pasture with national government and ministries in Africa and Asia regions.