“We believe conservancies go far beyond just wildlife conservation and instead have the potential to improve livelihoods, unite communities, promote wildlife and community co-existence, strengthen local democracy and preserve cultures and traditions.” Dickson Kaelo, CEO of the Kenya Wildlife Conservancies Association
The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to the collapse of tourism in most parts of the world. Among them, Kenya is one of the most affected countries where its wildlife reserves are threatened due to a lack of tourists and economic instability.
Social isolation, as well as the coronavirus travel restrictions, led to a total uncertainty about the future of tourism.
The conservancies and wildlife reserves in Kenya got more and more jeopardised because of the pandemic.
Conservancies constitute more than 11% of Kenya’s land. These conservation areas are based on landowners and community dwellers. They use the land for wildlife conservation and tourists who are there to see the abundant natural reserves and animals. Travellers who choose conservancies for their safari in Kenya contribute to the local community. They also help safari camps provide employment opportunities.
However, as people stopped leaving their houses , these wildlife conservancies got immensely affected.
If the situation persists, it will also be challenging for the communities in Kenya as tourism is one of the most significant sources of income and employment in the country.
The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
The virus massively affected The Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Kenya.
The sanctuary takes the orphaned and abandoned elephant calves and releases them back into the wildlife. It helps conserve wildlife, natural resources, and the environment. For now, like all the other wildlife conservancies in Kenya, the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary is in survival mode.
In order to preserve the wildlife reserves, the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary Manager says “they have to spur more efforts across the nation resulting in community-led conservation efforts becoming the norm, as the communities know and can see for themselves the value of nature in their lives.”
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