President Jomo Kenyatta has assured Prince Bernhard of the netherlands, International President of the World Wildlife Fund, that Kenya is fully committed to wildlife preservation.
President Jomo Kenyatta has assured Prince Bernhard of the netherlands, International President of the World Wildlife Fund, that Kenya is fully committed to wildlife preservation. He said his Government was prepared to deal mercilessly with game poachers. The President was receiving a cheque for GBP 172,500 sterling (U.S. $450,000) form the Prince for the enlargement of the Lake Nakuru National Park, the world's biggest flamingo sanctuary, which is located 100 miles (160 kms) north of Nairobi. Most of the money was donated by children in seven European countries.
A million flamingos live in the Park, which will now be expanded by land purchase form its present 14,261 acres (5,000 hectares) to nearly 51,000 acres (20,000 hectares). The World Wildlife Fund said it intended to make further funds available for development, management and research to make Nakuru a model conservation area. The Nakuru agreement was signed on Wednesday (August 29) at State House, Mombasa.
SYNOPSIS: At State House, Mombasa, on Wednesday, President Jomo Kenyatta and Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands met to sing a major agreement between Kenya and the World Wildlife Fund, of which the Prince is internationals President.
In a ceremony attended by many top Kenyan officials, the Prince handed President Kenyatta a cheque for one-hundred and seventy-two thousand five hundred pounds sterling. The money which had been donated to the fund by children in seven European countries, which help the preservation of a million flamingos in the Lake Nakuru National Park, a hundred miles north of Nairobi.
Mr. Kenyatta assured Prince Bernhard that Kenya was fully committed to wildlife preservation and, after a luncheon, the visitor was taken to Lake Nekuru to see for himself.
The nature sanctuary has fourteen thousand acres, of which ten thousand form the lake itself. The World wildlife Fund donation will go to purchase surrounding land to expand the reserve to three and a half times its present size.
The Fund will make more money available for development, management and research, with the object of making Nakuru a model conservation area. Prince Bernhard used his visit to shoot a home movie of pelicans and flamingos.
He had been assured by President Kenyatta that the Government wold deal mercilessly with game poachers. Kenya's wildlife, the President had said, was not to be endangered by a handful of greedy people.