WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AWARENESS WITHIN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

Wildlife conservation awareness is not well known within local communities in Kenya despite the country having most of its wildlife living within the community.

Most of the local communities see wildlife as a source of income (having opportunities to sell their merchandise to the tourists) and tourists attraction, very few really have the connection with the wildlife.

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Human-wildlife conflict has been a problem in the country and this maybe one of the reasons why those affected by it rarely treasure the wildlife. They see wildlife as a threat to their farms, lives and space. They have faced a lot of negative outcomes as a result of human-wildlife conflicts and thus have negative perception towards wildlife.

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Most of the communities living within conservation areas invests in farms which are frequently attacked by the wildlife from time to time. This creates a strive between the farmers and Kenya Wildlife Services. In Kenya , for one to be compensated on such damages, it involves long tiring processes that mostly end up unfruitful. And as a result it has led to numerous demonstrations whereby the farmers threaten to take actions themselves and this means killing wildlife that trace passes their farms. This is a clear indication of created bridge between the local and the wildlife conservation organizations.

Conservation will only be successful once the communities understands and embrace the value of the wildlife. Once they understand that tourist attraction is not the only reason for conserving the wildlife. This will also help them refrain from land encroachment and poaching.

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Majority of poaching in African countries are executed by the locals after being offered good tips by the big fish in the international  market for illegal wildlife trafficking markets . So the local is made to choose between earning heavy bribery to poach or earn ” nothing”  to protect wildlife.

We all agree that this is a tricky situation to a group of people who are inadequately informed on the importance of wildlife conservation and living in total poverty. How do you change their perception towards wildlife and make them embrace wildlife conservation positively? Answer to this question will be a strong background and foundation to the future of the wildlife species.

Most of the demonstrations held in defense for  wildlife conservation issues is mostly fueled by the NGOs, students and the international bodies, which is an excellent , but true success will be fully attained once the local communities join the force. They are the backbone of wildlife conservation and have a strong pivot to it. They live along side the wildlife and interact frequently with them.

Local communities have been living with the wildlife for centuries and their  co-existence has been positive, the problem is the external parties that are corrupting their minds and this is the greatest threat to wildlife survival.  Its important we start by salvaging the local community support as we continue fighting for wildlife conservation and being their voice.

Africa has very unique wildlife but all these are dependent on the impact that will be created  from their conservation and protection. Every journey starts with a step and together we can do a lot. Lets promote conservation awareness across the local communities, share the tourism benefits with the local and most importantly change their perception towards wildlife.

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74 thoughts on “WILDLIFE CONSERVATION AWARENESS WITHIN LOCAL COMMUNITIES

  1. Great article! Conservation can never succeed without broad public support. I have no idea how to meaningfully change local people’s perceptions of wildlife in Kenya, but I have a feeling that building strong relationships with them is a good place to start. Good things can happen when we spend time with people and genuinely listen to them.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I think if more people show they care and spread the word our wild life will be so much better off. Our footprint as humans on this earth is so heavy and it makes me sad.

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  3. This is a wonderful post for wildlife conservation. I salute you for spreading awareneness. Thank you for dropping by my blog and following me 😊. Is your name really Winnie? Mine is just a nickname 😉

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  4. Your well written article deserves worldwide attention Cheche
    The planet would be a very lonely place without the great variety of animals, birdlife, and insects provided by nature. We all need to pay greater attention to their preservation not just for
    the present but for future generations to come.
    Thanks so much for your visit and follow, Eddie.

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  5. This is so important. I feel for the farmers, whose livelihood is sometimes threatend and encroached upon, and I think it’s up to the governments to educate and compensate fairly. The wildlife in countries like yours (and the space they need to roam about) are vital to the eco-system.

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