David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) has donated four vehicles to Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). The vehicles will be used to enhance capacity in tackling prevailing conservation challenges in Tsavo Conservation Area, such as poaching for ivory and rhino horn, human-wildlife conflict, climate change and variability.
The vehicles were handed over to KWS by Angela Sheldrick at an event graced by Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and Senior KWS Officers including the acting KWS Director General Mr. Julius Kimani.
The vehicles include two Land Cruisers that have been customized for KWS security operations in the northern area of Tsavo East National Park and the Rhino Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) in the southern area of the Park. DSWT also donated a new 10,000-litre water bowser to facilitate transportation of water to KWS security field stations and water pans within protected areas with a view to sustaining wildlife during extreme drought conditions. In addition, the Trust also donated a new Mitsubishi Fuso 10 wheeler truck fitted with a heavy tonnage crane to facilitate elephant and rhino translocation operations by KWS Animal Capture Unit.