MERU BONGO AND RHINO CONSERVATION PROJECT CHOSEN FOR PRESENTATION BEFORE PRESIDENT OF UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY
Today, on behalf of Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Deputy Governor Titus Ntuchiu chaired the first meeting of the Meru Bongo and Rhino Conservation Trust which was held to deliberate on the progress of establishment of the Meru Bongo and Rhino Sanctuary. The project has attracted attention from far and wide and on 28th of this month, during the visit by the President of the United Nations General Assembly to Kenya, the Meru Bongo and Rhino Conservation Project has been picked to be presented as a way of showcasing community involvement in wildlife heritage conservation.
DG Ntuchiu noted that when Governor Kiraitu set out to bring together partners who include Kenya Forest Service (KFS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the Meru County communities bordering the forest, he intended to make the project key to his vision of transforming Meru into a leading tourist destination and making the tourism sector a key contributor to the dream of Making Meru Great.
He said the success achieved so far, where the project is drawing accolades and recognition from the UN, is attributed to Governor Kiraitu’s determination to transform livelihoods of Meru people through tourism. The project will be repatriating the Bongo from Florida in the United States, which was indigenous to Mt. Kenya but has since become extinct.
Today’s meeting was attended by among others, John Njoroge, the Chief Conservator of Forests in Meru, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy CEO Mike Watson, and Meru County Minister for Tourism Maingi Mugambi.