Residents urged to boost tourism in Kora National Reserve

Kitui County First Lady Edith Malombe at a function.

Communities living next to the 745 square-kilometres Mwingi National game reserve were on Wednesday July 13 urged to stop any activities that may keep tourists away where an abundance of wildlife can be found.

Kitui Governor’s wife Edith Malombe said charcoal burning degrades wildlife habitat. She called on the resident to avoid habits that are disrupting the ecosystem, she said it is important to take care of the conservancy, which could be a big source of income in the region.

The first lady said when tourist come the community is bound to gain income from it directly. They are therefore supposed to do what they can to stop poachers.

“Wildlife is worth more alive than dead. “ She said, “By visiting the reserve, taking a game drive and paying your entry fees to national parks and reserves, you are putting this into action.” She encouraged people to engage in domestic tourism.

Ms. Edith said that the residents are expected to back efforts by the county to boost tourism; she was speaking at Kaningo trading Centre in Tseikuru near Kora National Reserve.

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