, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 13 –The Nairobi National Park is not only Kenya’s oldest national park but is also the only national park within a capital city in the world making it a very unique offering.
It is for this reason that a lot of effort has always been made in conserving it so as to maintain Kenya’s natural heritage which includes the Big Five.
With this in mind, Ole Sereni Hotel partnered with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Capital Kids to educate children on the importance of conserving this iconic site.
“For wildlife conservation to stand any chance of success, educating the younger generation is vital. It is therefore critical for information and knowledge to be passed down to provide the future generation with both the desire and the platform to improve and build-on current conservation practices,” said Ole Sereni General Manager, Karl Hala.
Over 40 children together with their parents got a mouthwatering treat as they were able to see four of the Big Five this past weekend during a game drive.
“It was the best day ever!” Samson Momanyi a ten year old child who participated exclaimed after being treated to an adventurous game drive.
During the drive, the rangers and wardens provided insight into the nature of the wild animals and aided in spotting all members of the Big Five – Lion, Leopard, Rhino, Buffalo – except the elephant.
It was a rare treat for the kids who were divided in three bus groups named after animals Simba (Lion), Ndovu (Elephant) and Kifaru (Rhino) as they interacted freely with the rangers; learning about environmental conservation and sharing stories about the animals they saw.
Kenya Wildlife Service Senior Warden, Nelly Palmeris said that “illegal poaching and trade of endangered animals has been a huge issue in Kenya for many years and we are taking a pivotal step in combating these issues through such activities that set values and concerns in children towards environmental conservation.” She further encouraged the parents to take advantage of the holiday seasons and proximity of the national park and bring their children on game drives.
Later the children participated in a drawing and coloring session where they relieved their park experience through pictorial representations of their favorite animals.
Each team thereafter had a challenge to spot different animals on the path they took through the drive with the winning team being Ndovu.
A number of parents interviewed expressed delight with the outing describing it as insightful and enjoyable as well as educative.
“We were not expecting to see much during the drive but were pleasantly surprised to be in close proximity to the Lion, Buffalo, Rhino and Giraffes,” stated Sonia Oduor, one of the parents who took part in the trip.