An ambitious conservation project to save Africa's wildlife from possible extinction has been in progress for several months.
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Background: An ambitious conservation project to save Africa's wildlife from possible extinction has been in progress for several months.
With the aid of Don Hunt, a well-known expert in the at of catching creatures from the African wild, a wide variety of animals have been transported from the comparatively animal-rich areas of Kenya cross the African continent to Kano State in northern Nigeria.
Don Hunt, who is an American living in Kenya for the past 1-years is President of the world's largest animal export firm.
The animal airlift follows the formation of an idea first discusses between President Kenyatta of Kenya and President Gowon of Nigeria two years ago when the Nigerian President made a State Visit to Kenya. The idea blossomed until it became a reality which is resulting in close bonds of understanding between the two peoples in the matte of conservation.
The animals airlifted from Kenya go as gifts to the Nigerian people
The animals are to be used as a breeding nucleus in Kano, and their progency eventually taken to other parts of the country and released Game Parks and Reserves.
The attraction of tourists to Nigeria was one of the motivating forces behind the scheme although conservation was always uppermost in the minds of those responsible for the plan.
President Kenyatta was recently nominated to the Wildlife Conservation Hall of Fame for his efforts in preserving Kenya's wildlife.
After being captured, the animals wee taken to Don Hunt's animal farm -- "Mount Kenya Game Ranch - Animal Orphanage", where they were rested, overcame the trauma of capture and eventually placed in specially prepared crates of shipment to Nigeria.