By George Murage
Members of the Maasai community in Naivasha have agreed to work with the government and environmentalists in dealing with increased poaching. The community identified scouts to deal poachers who pass through their villages to the wildlife ranches.
The Centre for Pastoralists Development plans to train the scouts after the killing of five rhinos from Oserian Sanctuary in Naivasha.
According to the centre's CEO Andrew ole Koisamou, the increase in poaching is worrying as the poachers target endangered species.He said the trained youths will act as informers.
“The organisation has a plan to train community volunteer scouts to take part in animal protection initiatives among other conservation activities,” Koisamou said.
He said they will also educate the community on the importance of wildlife protection to ensure that they play a role in dealing with poaching. Koisamou was speaking in Narasha, which borders Oserian sanctuary, at a meeting with locals.
"The community has agreed to volunteer information on suspected poachers and act as informers whenever they see suspicious people,” he said.