The Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has recently launched an annual elephant naming festival at the Amboseli National Park. Dubbed Tembo Naming Festival, the event will be held on August 12 to coincide with World Elephant Day.
"We feel that this is a great opportunity for everyone to be part of the sustainability of Tourism and Wildlife in Kenya for posterity. Wildlife is a big part of Kenya's heritage, and ensuring that future generations enjoy this resource should always remain paramount. The launch of Magical Kenya Elephant Naming Festival builds on the good work that KWS and other partners have been doing over the years," said Balala.
The initiative will play a pivotal role in ensuring that the conservation of elephants is not affected by shocks and crises like the Covid-19 pandemic. On the National Park choice, the CS stated that the Amboseli National Park was chosen for this launch because of its unique role in elephant conservation, not least a robust elephant research programme.
"This is the only place in the world, that the elephants can be traced through their DNA," he said.
Balala also added that conservation was a key priority area under the National Wildlife Strategy 2030. The strategy gives a roadmap for transforming wildlife conservation in Kenya. It lays out opportunities and innovative approaches to address emerging challenges facing wildlife in Kenya while ensuring benefits accrue to the millions of Kenyans who support wildlife living on their land.
"This initiative brings us closer to achieving the priority goals set out in our Wildlife Strategy. Implementation of the framework will enhance communication, coordination, and collaboration and inspire engagement and participation, as well as catalyze conservation actions by all stakeholders", he said.