The first ever National Wildlife Census to be conducted on land and sea wildlife has been launched by Kenya on Friday.
The census is said to be part of the efforts made towards the preservation and protection of wildlife by the government of the East African nation.
The census is also meant to determine Kenya’s wildlife population trends and distribution over time according to the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife.
In addition, the objectives are to identify threats to wildlife conservation and management in the Kenya’s landscapes and change the conservation model that mitigates human wildlife conflict, and to protect people’s livelihoods; a model that balances conservation and livelihoods.
The official launch of the National Wildlife Census 2021 took place at the Shimba Hills National Reserve, in Kwale County. It was done by the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife in collaboration with Kenya Wildlife Service and Wildlife Research and Training Institute.