By Fatma Pole
Elephant and Rhino Poaching are is now at it’s worst with the vice becoming more rampant and numbers of wildlife killed increasing per day.
The Daily Nation reports that Ten schools in Kenya and Tanzania will join an initiative launched to curb poaching in the Maasai Mara and Serengeti game reserves. Kenya’s Maasai Mara and Serengeti in Tanzania are popular for the Eighth Wonder wildebeest migration which attracts a large number of tourists every year.
The Students are from the schools whose families live around the ecosystem and have joined the campaign to t work together with the government and the Kenya Wildlife Service in nabbing poachers who use the villages as hideouts as they plan on how to enter into the game reserve to kill wildlife.
According to the coordinator of the Restoration of Maasai Mara and Serengeti Eco-system, Mr Nick ole Murero, the students will work as informers to security personnel and government authorities and report poachers who seek refuge in their villages.
On an interview with the Nation in Narok, Mr Murero disclosed that the decision was settled on after they learnt that poachers used the villages as hideouts.
Speaking when launching the programme in Olchekut Supat Apostolic School in Lemek, he had this to say-
“Poaching is threatening wildlife in the two East African reserves and everyone should join efforts in this fight so that we can work with the two governments to rescue wildlife,”
Other schools in Kenya that are part of the programme are-Moi Naikarra, Itong, and Siria Boys’ and Girls’ secondary schools. The Tanzanian schools are yet to be named.
The students will also form wildlife clubs and use them as a platform to educate communities living around the reserves on the importance of wildlife and spread anti-poaching messages.