Northern Kenya is one of the world’s 25 key priority biodiversity hotspots. Unfortunately, wildlife populations are under constant threat from the ivory trade and from poaching for bushmeat. As the economy is now shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, poaching is getting worse.
The salaries and rations of the rangers are funded by grants, with a small contribution from tourism. However, tourism has ceased, and grants and donations have been disrupted following the coronavirus pandemic. Without consistent ranger patrols, wildlife poaching will intensify and the remaining populations of endangered and critically endangered species in this area will be lost.
This has raised an urgent funding emergency, and rapid intervention is needed to ensure continued anti-poaching operations.
- Monitor and protect threatened species populations;
- Prevent the escalation of wildlife poaching.
- Deploy anti-poaching teams in hotspot areas;
- Reduce poaching via joint patrols with rangers of different conservancies;
- Provide salaries and rations for 105 rangers in seven different conservancies.
This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.