Elephants named Tusker, Magical Kenya .. at the very first Tembo naming festival in Kenya
NAIROBI, Kenya, October 9 – Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala on Saturday officiated Kenya’s first ever Magic Elephant Baptism Festival, which aims to embrace conservation and ultimately to ensure the preservation of Kenya’s heritage.
During the event which took place in Amboseli National Park, individuals and organizations who donated funds to the initiative gave names to selected elephants.
The park has 1,900 elephants including 200 calves born in 2020.
Tusker, Serian, Pendo, Magical Kenya, are among the names of 16 elephants given by their adoptive parents – East African Breweries Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank and Kenya Tourism Board respectively.
Speaking at the event, CS Balala hailed the event as a public inclusion towards conservation and assured the government’s commitment to ensure the event remains viable even as it unveils plans for the make international.
“This is certainly an important step for Kenya, this initiative will go a long way in ensuring that elephants are protected in Kenya not only for ourselves but also for future generations, I urge Kenyans to take national pride in keeping wildlife, already formidable, efforts have been made to minimize poaching, ”he said.
He said the ministry would work with the sponsors by involving them in other conservation-related programs.
As of Saturday, October 19, the ministry had raised 16.5 million shillings against the target of 100 million shillings it seeks to raise in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
Wildlife, Research Training Institute Director Patrick Omondi said the funds will be used to boost technology through the Elephant Collar which helps monitor elephant movements, helping KWS rangers anticipate when elephants are in. danger.
Part of the funds, Omondi said, will also go towards improving existing community projects that will improve the livelihoods of residents.
“It will also be used to create strategic fences on farms surrounding the park to minimize conflict between human lives, especially during drought seasons when herds head to human settlements,” he told Capital Business in a separate interview.
Kajiado County Governor Joseph Ole Lenku, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Kenya Kana Kanana, and other ministers from Sri Lanka were among the guests who attended the event.
In his remarks, Ole Lenku urged the Balala-led ministry to ensure the initiative benefits the community, especially the rangers he described as “unsung heroes.”
Lenku noted that although poaching has declined in the country, community members, especially forest rangers, have been helpful in the fight against conservation amid growing human-wildlife conflict.
“Stakeholders should also recognize the contribution of local communities to conservation, during dry seasons many animals move to private ranches / conservatories, and members of the public always play a key role in containing them. I call on the government to ensure that funds raised are also directed to local communities who have tirelessly played a role in advocating for conservation, ”he said.
Africa Wildlife Foundation, Animal Adoption, Advocacy LLc, Bonfire adventures, Chandaria Foundation, East Africa Safari Rally, Ken and Joan Wakia, Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM), Mediheal Hospital, East Africa Safari Rally, Chandaria Foundation, Oltukai Lodges are a few adoptive parents of elephants.