ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station to serve as conservancy and critical wildlife corridor for Nairobi National Park

ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station (photo credit: ILRI/Jake Meyers).

‘Nairobi National Park wildlife ecosystem has more than doubled its land size to 78,000 acres after two institutions agreed to integrate their land with the wildlife conservancy.

On Thursday, 24 Sep 2020,

the Kapiti Research Station of Kenya’s

International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

and the neighbouring Swara Plains Conservancy

declared their 32,000 and 15,000 acres,

respectively, for wildlife conservation.

Zebra are among the many wildlife species that roam

ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station (photo credit: ILRI/Jake Meyers).

‘Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala handed over registration certificates to the two conservancies at a ceremony held at the Swara Plains Wildlife Conservancy.

‘”I wish to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the two conservancies on behalf of the government and the people of Kenya for this wonderful gift that will ensure our unique biodiversity thrives for posterity.

This will be an essential wildlife corridor,

for the animal population in Nairobi National Park,”

said Balala.

Giraffe at ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station

(photo credit: ILRI/Jake Meyers).

‘The CS added that Nairobi National Park is not big enough to meet the ecological requirements of its wildlife populations throughout the year.

‘”On the Northern side, we are looking into acquiring 1,500 acres of land to extend the Nairobi National Park to Ngong Forest.’

We hope that all this will enable Nairobi National Park

to be listed and declared a world heritage site,” Balala said. . . .

Read the whole article by Hilary Kimuyu: Nairobi National Park’s Land Size Doubles, Nairobi News, 26 Sep 2020.

Other news clippings about this:

Government expands Nairobi National Park by 49,000 acres to create wildlife migration corridor, by Linda Shiundu, Tuko, 26 Sep 2020.

Nairobi national park reserve increased to 78,000 acres, by John Ng’ang’a, KBC, 25 Sep 2020.

ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station commits to preserving biodiversity and conserving wildlife through its wildlife corridor, by ILRI, 30 Sep 2020.

Learn more about ILRI’s Kapiti Research Station in this brochure: Kapiti Plains Ranch: Farmhouse and research centre.