THE PROBLEMS FACING WILDLIFE UTILIZATION IN KENYA
People are getting too emotional towards wildlife because of destruction of wildlife over the years, this problem in conjunction with sentimental attitudes has significantly influenced the many organizations that rightly try to prevent further loss of animals.
Its only when we begin to understand the desirability of game animals as ecological and productive alternative that true conservation will be effected (Roosevelt 1914) "When genuinely protected, birds and mammals increase so rapidly it becomes important to cull them. The foolish sentimentalist who does not see this are really the efficient enemies of wildlife and sensible movement to its preservation"
Policies handed down to the newly independent government of Kenya were based on many years of negative thinking and control, they come from the 17th century of prevention of natives from taking game. The animals had been declared kings or loyal game. Anybody found "Utilizing" wildlife was a poacher, the anti poaching was founded and anti-anything to do with game is our legacy.
There's need for a genuine change in our wildlife policy
3. Biological/ veterinary excuses
Because of the above problems, very little attention has been paid to African animals by the scientific communities. This creates enormous problems for the development of any game utilization progress.
Growth curves, aging criteria, weight gains and population data were sketchy and inaccurate, if wildlife is to assume its true position once again as a symbolic partner in the grasslands of Africa the research must be considered as very important to our future.
The land use system in Kenya should be as close as possible to the natural system, this will ensure its success and allow us to tap the resources and energy flow evolved over time.
We should move always towards multi-culture for this is natures way, mono-culture is proving to be less desirable with the increase in human wildlife conflicts and eventually uneconomic
Cattle ranching meets none of the above criteria but game ranching fits perfectly well its about time we advocate for this
"The future of protected Natural areas and wildlife depends increasingly to their relevance to the everyday social and economic needs of the communities that surround and interact with wildlife" Echos from my lecturer at the university of Eldoret David Ndumbu one of the few Kenyans engaged in conservation at Tsavo National Parks in the early 1970s