Video: Kissing The Wild in Nairobi, Saving Nairobi National Park
It begun as an outpost along the railway connecting the Kenyan Coast, Mombasa and the hinterland of the then British Protectorate of East Africa. 1900 was the year, mile 318 what was it was originally called. Away from the man eaters of Tsavo and awash with cool water from its many springs, it was just too perfect an area both for man, and the beasts of the African Savannah roaming an area that in the 1940’s was established as the Nairobi National Park.
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[dropcap]T[/dropcap]oday, Nairobi stands tall as East Africa’s economic engine. The City within a game park or is the converse more accurate? Either way, the tensions between Nairobi’s ambitions as a modern metropolis in the 21st century struggling with traffic, congestion and environmental degradation. Faced with the duty to protect its heritage as a sanctuary for both man and beast is ever getting more taut.
Nairobi National Park Under Threat
An AFP report that appeared in the Guardian titled: Kenya’s iconic Nairobi national park is under threat, conservationists warn. The report succinctly captures what lies at the heart of the pressure on the park that kisses the city:
Nairobi based, US and Kenya registered non-profit wildlife conservancy group WildlifeDirect in a blog post raise their opposition to an a major infrastructure project. The standard gauge railway that has been fronted by the government as key to Kenya’s social and economic goals is under the spotlight as a threat to the Nairobi National Park.
Pollution, Poaching & Fences
Jason Patinkin writing for The Rockefeller Foundation Informal City Dialogues, elucidates other threats to the Nairobi National park:
Bridge Over Nairobi National Park
TripAdvisor user, Samuel J, in a review of the world famous park mourns the ruin set to befall this beloved treasure. He dismissed the notion that the proposed ‘bridge’ over wildlife will blend into the surroundings.
Lead Organizations Saving Nairobi National Park
Information from its official website describes WildlifeDirect as follows: Previously the Africa Conservation Fund, it was founded in 2004 by the prominent Kenyan conservationist and paleoanthropologist, Dr. Richard Leakey, and former World Bank Representative to Kenya, Harold Wackman. WildlifeDirect’s Mission is: Changing hearts, minds and laws to ensure Africa’s critical species endure forever. It’s website lists various ways that you can take action. They include: making a donation, shopping to support, participate in planned activities and joining the movement. You can contact them here.
Nairobi Greenline Trust:
Information from its official website describes Nairobi Greenline Trust as follows: Nairobi GreenLine was launched on 18th February 2010. The project was an initiative of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and other corporate organisations. You can contact them here.
Kenya Wildlife Service:
According to its website, KWS conserves and manages Kenya’s wildlife for the Kenyan people and the world. It is a state corporation that was established by an Act of Parliament (Cap 376), now repealed by WCMA (2013), with the mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya, and to enforce related laws and regulations. The website is a wonderful resource on Kenya’s Wildlife protected areas and natural sanctuaries. Moreover, all the laws governing the conservation of wildlife can be found there. You can contact KWS here.