The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDWZA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Thursday that sets cooperation parameters for both parties in conservation science, wildlife health, care and welfare, a host of others Aspirations.
Both SDWZA and KWS are committed to working together on conservation initiatives, including human and wildlife coexistence, sustainable management of wildlife populations, and community engagement.
The MOU also established mechanisms for expanding educational and outreach initiatives and exchanging technical expertise.
Prof. Fred Segor, the chief secretary in the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, recognized the ongoing partnership between KWS and SDWZA and noted that the signing of the MOU opens the field for great opportunities for mutual benefit between the two organizations leading to improvement the Nairobi Safari Walk and Animal Orphanage to enhance the visitor experience.
General Director KWS Brig. Gen. (Rtd) John Waweru said: âWe are delighted to be partnering with SDWZA. This is in line with the KWS strategic plan, which identifies the three pillars of nature conservation, cooperation and business. The partnership will have a tremendous impact on nature conservation as it aims to provide practical solutions to nature conservation challenges in the areas identified. “
âAt the center of our commitment is the need to be a strong partner to nature conservation organizations such as the Kenya Wildlife Service. This letter of intent helps us advance the work we must do to ensure a world where wildlife thrives, âsaid Paul A. Baribault, President and Chief Executive Officer of SDWZA.
The Alliance welcomed delegates from Kenya’s Department of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya Wildlife Service and Wildlife Training Research Institute to the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park as the international nonprofit conservation organization seeks to maintain its ongoing collaboration with Kenya’s leading organization for conservation.
The delegation headed by Prof. Fred Segor also included the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), General Director Brigadier (Rtd.) John Waweru and Dr. Patrick Omondi, director of the Wildlife Research and Training Institute.
KWS is an important administrator of species protection in the region.
The agency oversees the management of national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and numerous protected areas under its jurisdiction, including wildlife and visitor safety and enforcement of the country’s environmental laws and regulations.
The service works with a variety of international nature conservation partners to protect wildlife resources and manage them sustainably.
KWS also builds community programs that promote biodiversity, conservation, and coexistence with communities living on land that is essential to the thriving wildlife population.
SDWZA has worked closely with KWS on many projects, including rhino relocation, tracking and researching giraffe populations, elephant conservation and community engagement initiatives.
Through these and other important joint efforts, the Alliance recognizes a common goal with Kenya to protect wildlife where they live.