CS Najib Balala presides over naming ceremony of rhino calves at Meru National Park

By June 29, 2020Conservation
Asher Omondi, Tuko | June 25, 2020

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has confirmed Kenya has 17 white rhinos and 14 black rhinos calves that have been born in the last one year. Balala made the revelations when he toured Meru national park rhino sanctuary for a naming ceremony for the baby rhinos.

During the ceremony, the CS named two calves after his grandchildren Waliya and Layan while Maara MP Kareke Mbuiki named one after his son Mark.

Tourism Chief Administrative Secretary Joseph Boinnet also named one after his Barago village while Safina Kwekwe Tsungu named one Rotok after her son. One was also named Nyathomo by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) director general John Waweru after his daughter.

The KWS said each namer will contribute KSh 100,000 for each rhino named and the funds from these contributions will go towards a Rangers Welfare Fund to be established in all Rhino areas.

During the function, Balala paid out KSh 230,000 as part of human wildlife compensation in as a result of crop damages made by wildlife. As a result of perennial human-wildlife conflicts, the CS commissioned the construction of the 53km fence at the Meru national park southern boundary.