WWF says Kenya making progress in protecting iconic species from poachers
September 22, 2022
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said Wednesday that Kenya is making
progress in protecting its iconic species such as rhinoceros and elephants
Jackson Kiplagat, head of conservation programs at WWF Kenya, told a forum
in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, that the country has implemented a number
of policy and legal reforms that provide for stiffer penalties for wildlife
"There is also improved coordination in the investigation and prosecution
of illicit trade in wildlife products by government agencies," Kiplagat
said during the Sustainable Finance Initiative Catalyst Awards convened by
the Kenya Bankers Association (KBA), the umbrella body of the banking
Kiplagat said that the East African nation is experiencing an increase in
the population of rhinoceros and elephants due to the use of an appropriate
"Kenya is also moving fast in the creation of conservancies to expand the
land available for its critically endangered wildlife species," he said.
He noted that Kenya has also partnered with donors to establish forensic
laboratories that facilitate the investigation of wildlife crimes.
He revealed that the East African nation has also stepped up surveillance
of the illicit trade of wildlife products at its border points.