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African elephant Loxodonta africana, young calf with adult female in Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Martin Harvey / WWF

Wildlife protection and trafficking drivers and trends of transnational wildlife crime in Kenya

African elephant Loxodonta africana, young calf with adult female in Amboseli National Park, Kenya © Martin Harvey / WWF

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Published 9th May 2016

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Sophisticated poachers could undercut bold Kenyan fight against wildlife crime in this key African transit country

Nairobi, Kenya 9th May, 2016—Kenya is taking a bold stand against wildlife crime through improved enforcement action, higher penalties for wildlife criminals and last year it was the only African range State to report a significant fall in the numbers of rhinos poached. 

Drivers and trends of transnational wildlife crime in Kenya

Report author(s):
Sam Weru

Publication date:
May 2016


Notes:

TRAFFIC’s assessment Wildlife protection and trafficking assessment in Kenya: Drivers and trends of transnational wildlife crime in Kenya and its role as a transit point for trafficked species in East Africa (PDF, 3.5 MB) was carried out under the auspices of the USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking Response, Assessment, and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project, implemented by TRAFFIC and IUCN. Wildlife TRAPS aims to increase understanding of the character and scale of the international response required to tackle wildlife crime between Africa and Eastern Asia, identify intervention points, test non-traditional approaches, and develop and deliver a suite of ground-breaking partnerships.

The basis of the report was the input by participants at a Kenya Wildlife Poaching and Trafficking Stakeholder Workshop held in Nairobi on April 14 and 15, 2015. Many others also contributed to the compilation of the information including individuals from group ranches around the Tsavo-Amboseli ecosystem; conservancy leaders; various conservation experts; the Kenya Wildlife Service; National Museums of Kenya; the Ministry of Water, Environment and Natural Resources; Isiolo County Government and the Environment Office, USAID Kenya and East Africa. 


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