ESTABLISHMENT OF MOUNTAIN BONGO SANCTUARY TIPPED TO BE MAJOR TOURISM BOOST FOLLOWING SUCCESSFUL MOUNTAIN RUN
The Governor of Meru County H.E. Kiraitu Murungi has this afternoon met and received a brief from a team of Kenya Wildlife Service(KWS) and County officials on the ongoing preparations for establishment of a mountain Bongo sanctuary in Mt. Kenya which he had pledged as one of the ways aimed at promoting mountain tourism as a major contributor to the County’s economic development.
This drive to establish the sanctuary comes after funds were successfully raised for its development through the inaugural Mount Kenya Run held earlier this year at the Kenya School of Adventure and Leadership(KESAL) which was spearheaded by Governor Kiraitu with enormous success, having been the first ever such event in the continent of Africa that also intended to collate resources for setting up of the first cancer institute in the County owing to the high prevalence of the disease that is causing many sufferings and heavy economic costs to the people of Meru.
The KWS team is working closely with County Government officials to map out the area where the sanctuary will be established, and is also expected to carry out ecological and feasibility studies to determine viability of breeding the mountain bongo species which was phased out due to variety of conditions many years ago, and whose return to Meru is expected to draw many tourists to the County, hence contributing to achievement of the Governor’s Vision of Making Meru Great.