“Endangered snakes go visiting during rainy season in Kenya”

Kenya’s Vice President, Hon Moody Awori, today unveiled a US 1.25 million dollar rehabilitation program developed by International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Kenya Wildlife Service, to enhance routine operations, research and education and wildlife security within the Tsavo National Park ecosystem.

Snake rescue In Tsavo West National Park takes special dedication to  rescue snakes. During the rainy season, snakes big and small some more poisonous than others start to move from their homes on the nature reserve to town. Large rock pythons, puff adders, spitting cobras and the deadly black mamba are always on the top of the complaint lists. Pythons become a nuisance as they take to killing goats and sheep, whilst the other snakes pose a threat to the people due to their poison.

Instead of allowing the villagers to go ahead and dispose of the snakes, KWS Tsavo West makes a big effort to go and rescue these reported snakes and take them back into safe environs inside the park.

As a result business increases at the local emergency care center of the  hospital in Mtito Andei on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway just outside Tsavo West’s main entrance gate This season it has reported six snake bite cases in just 2 days and the snake season normally carries on through July.

Instead of allowing the villagers to go ahead and dispose of the snakes, KWS Tsavo West makes a big effort to go and rescue these reported snakes and take them back into safe environs inside the park.

IFAW donated a brand new Land Cruiser, which is of great assistance during these operations, supporting KWS and Tsavo West in particular to be able to attend to and solve these human/wildlife issues.

To support IFAW’s work for wildlife in Africa, please visit www.ifaw.org/Kenya

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