Tourism Ministry raises Ksh.10 million for elephant naming festival
September 14, 2021
The Ministry of Tourism has mobilized Ksh.10 million for the upcoming
elephant naming festival dubbed the Magical Kenya Tembo naming festival.
The contributions include Ksh.3 million from the East African Breweries
Limited (EABL), the Elephant Cooperation, Twiga Tours and the Animal
Adoption Advocacy LLC.
The funds will be channeled towards the conservation of elephants while the
elephant undertaking taking will be staged at the Amboseli National Park
“Conservation of wildlife resources requires us to be innovative because it
is not cheap, and this is the reason we came up with this initiative to
raise funds and also ensure that the public plays a role in conservation.
We don’t have to build the fences and water pans for wildlife, you as the
public or organizations can be our partner and do it and be part of this
great festival,” said Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala on Tuesday.
“The national wildlife census was a historic opportunity to develop an
inventory of our wildlife resources, in recognition of their place as
strategic national assets” said Balala.
The naming ceremony will allow individuals and organizations to give names
to selected elephants after donating funds towards the program which is
aimed at boosting conservation efforts of the endangered species.
The Ministry of Tourism is expected to raise up to Ksh.100 million for the
upcoming naming and elephant conservation exercise.
At the same time, CS Balala has disclosed that Dutch based carrier KLM will
launch two weekly flights between Amsterdam and Mombasa with the maiden
flight set for November 2.
The launch of the flights is expected to increase connectivity between
Europe and the coastal city.