Nairobi National Park to be expanded to protect wildlife

Nairobi National Park is to be expanded by more than 100 acres to protect Africa's wildlife and habitat.

Anyone who has been on a Kenya safari will know that wildlife foundations are worried about the continued existence of animals in the wild and this, the first voluntary easement deal in Kenya, will see land adjacent to the park protected from development.

The land belongs to 86-year-old John Keen, who has signed a deal with the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and Kenya Wildlife Service. His land, along with acres of privately-owned lands to the south of the park, is important for wildlife movement, yet more of the land is being built up.

"Kenya's national parks, sanctuaries, and reserves safeguard roughly eight per cent of the country's land for wildlife habitat, but these protected areas are too small to support viable populations of wildlife and are not connected,” said AWF president Dr Helen Gichohi.

"To secure Kenya's remaining wild places, we need creative solutions like easements."

Nairobi National Park is one of Kenya's most-visited wildlife parks and is home to one of the country's most successful rhinoceros sanctuaries.