By Ng'ang'a Mbugua
One of the most unremarked coincidences of our time is the curious upsurge in poaching just as work on the spanking superhighways is coming to an end.
The rise in the killings of rhinos and elephants — ostensibly to feed the insatiable appetite for aphrodisiacs and ornaments — means that the present generation will bequeath the next ones nothing but extinct species.
It is not by accident that wildlife falls under national heritage. The present generation does not own the rich array of wild animals, trees and flowers that make Kenya the unique nation that it is.
Indeed, we are only custodians and are duty-bound to protect and conserve it, not just for our own enjoyment and that of the Laptop Generation, but even for the other generations that will come after them.
Given the rate at which poachers are killing elephants, rhinos and other game, including lions, we will have decimated these species in the next few years.
Before we kill the last one, I would propose that the government, out of its obligations to the future of this country and its people, loan some of these animals to zoos in Europe to be repatriated when the novelty of the highways has worn off.
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