The Director General of the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), Dominic Jeremy, has been in Kenya learning about conservation initiatives in the country first hand.
During his time in East Africa, he has been finding out how the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) works to combat the illegal wildlife trade and how it protects the endangered rhino population.
He also met KWS Tsavo West Senior Warden Captain Ochieng to hear about his successes against poachers in Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary where there have been no poaching incidents since 2016 and 5 live births recorded already this year.
ZSL in Kenya
ZSL is supporting KWS in its mission to conserve, protect and manage Kenya’s biodiversity and the two organisations have worked closely together for over 20 years.
Hearing tales of rhino conservation, cheetah & wild dog ranges and preventing the illegal wildlife trade – all in a day’s work for ZSL’s superheroes in Kenya and Tanzania! @OfficialZSL @ZSLconservation #IllegalWildlifeTrade pic.twitter.com/Id8668Vfz2
— Dominic Jermey (@DomJermey) April 30, 2018
The British wildlife charity has provided technical support and training for a number of flagship KWS programmes.
Celebrating ZSL’s partnership with Kenya Wildlife Service – Tsavo West Senior Warden Capt Ochieng helping secure success against poachers in Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary: no poaching since 2016, 5 live births already this year! @OfficialZSL @ZSLconservation @kwskenya pic.twitter.com/bU7FUbFp8B
— Dominic Jermey (@DomJermey) May 2, 2018
Since 1989, ZSL has established, advised, built capacity for and supported wildlife and livestock health programmes, patrol-based and camera trap monitoring, intensive protection zones, and strategic planning for protected areas and critically endangered species, including the black rhino, forest elephant and hirola.