KENYA:Would you like to have a Hyena in Kenya named after you, or give it any other of your preferred names? If that catches your fancy, Kenya Wildlife Service, together with Magical Kenya, would like you to part with $20,000 in exchange for the hyena-naming bragging rights.
According to Tourism and Wildlife cabinet secretary Najib Balala, the country has no choice but to develop innovative ways to conserve the increasing numbers of elephants. The Magical Kenya Tembo Naming Festival, he says, is just one of the many initiatives his ministry is curating to pool funds for conservation.
“Anyone who wants hyena named after them will have to pay KSh 2 million (approx $20000) in exchange for the hyena-naming bragging rights,” Balala said.
The Cabinet Secretary was Speaking during the Magical Kenya Tembo Naming Festival held in Amboseli on Saturday, October 9.
Balala said hyenas are not endangered; that is why they have never been a naming festive for hyenas like elephants.
“Any animal can be named, but we opted to start with the elephants because they are the once who are most endangered,” the CS explained.
In August, the ministry also announced that you would part with Sh500,000 ($5000) in exchange for the elephant-naming bragging rights.
“Kenya has 36,000 elephants. It is not easy to look after the increasing numbers and also protect the community from human-wildlife conflicts. The event will help market and brand the country as one of the new experiences in the country,” said Balala when he launched the elephant naming festival at KWS headquarters.
He said that with the increasing numbers of elephants, the country had no choice but to develop innovative ways to conserve the animals.
“It is not easy to look after the increasing numbers and also protect the community from human-wildlife conflicts. So far, we have been able to raise KSh 15 million, and we are targeting KSh 100 million in the next one year,” he said