KWS and San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance to Collaborate on Wildlife Conservation
The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDWZA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding that sets out parameters of cooperation for the two parties, in the fields of conservation science, health, wildlife care and welfare; and a host of other efforts.
SDWZA and KWS are committed to collaborating on conservation initiatives, including human-wildlife coexistence, sustainable management of wildlife populations, and community engagement.
The MOU further established mechanisms to expand education and awareness initiatives and the exchange of technical expertise.
Professor Fred Segor, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, appreciated the ongoing partnership between KWS and SDWZA and noted that the signing of the MoU opens the field to great opportunities of mutual interest between two organizations which would result in improving Nairobi Safari Walk and Animal Orphanage by improving the visitor experience.
KWS General Manager Brig. (Rtd) John Waweru said “We are delighted to partner with SDWZA. This aligns with KWS ‘strategic plan which identifies three pillars of conservation, collaboration and enterprise. The partnership will have a huge impact on conservation as it aims to provide practical solutions in the areas identified to conservation challenges ”.
“At the heart of our commitment is the imperative that we must be a strong partner with conservation organizations such as the Kenya Wildlife Service. This MOU helps us move forward in the work we need to do to ensure a world where wildlife thrives, ”said Paul A. Baribault, President and CEO of SDWZA.
The Alliance hosted delegates from the Kenya Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Wildlife Training Research Institute at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, while the international non-profit conservation organization Lucrative seeks to strengthen its continued collaboration with leading wildlife conservation organizations.
The delegation which was led by Professor Fred Segor also included the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Brigadier General (Retired) John Waweru and Dr Patrick Omondi, Director of the Wildlife Research and Training Institute.
KWS has been an essential steward of wildlife conservation in the region.
The agency oversees the management of national parks, wildlife conservation areas and many sanctuaries under its jurisdiction, including ensuring the safety of wildlife and visitors and enforcing the country’s environmental laws and regulations.
The Service works with a multitude of international conservation partners to protect and sustainably manage wildlife resources.
KWS also implements community-based programs that promote biodiversity, conservation, and coexistence with communities that live on lands critical to the prosperity of wildlife populations.
SDWZA has worked extensively with KWS on many projects including rhino relocation, monitoring and research of giraffe populations, elephant protection, and community engagement initiatives.
Through these and other important collaborative efforts, the Alliance recognizes a common goal with Kenya to protect wildlife where they live.