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The Nairobi National Park has acquired 49,000 more acres of land after the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and Swara Plains Conservancy declared 32,000 and 15,000 acres of land respectively for wildlife conservation in Machakos.
The government has also added 2,000 acres of land from Sheep and Goat Ranch to Nairobi National Park, its title will be under the Kenya Wildlife Service. These ranches will provide a wildlife corridor to interconnect Nairobi National Park, Swara and ILRI conservancies.
NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK SIZE INCREASED TO 78,000 ACRES pic.twitter.com/zok0UsOBkh
— Ministry of Tourism & Wildlife-Kenya (@Min_TourismKE) September 25, 2020
While handing over the registration certificates to the two conservancies, the CS for Tourism and Wildlife Najib Balala said that the milestone will ensure that our unique biodiversity thrives for posterity and that the corridor will be essential for the animal population in Nairobi National Park because the park is not big enough to meet the ecological requirements of its wildlife population throughout the year.
“On the Northern side, we are looking into acquiring 1,500 acres of land to extend the Nairobi National Park to Ngong Forest. We hope that all this will enable Nairobi National Park to be listed and declared a world heritage site,” the CS said.
The Cabinet Secretary officially inaugurated the task force on wildlife connectivity between Nairobi National Park and the Athi-Kapiti plains.