Nairobi National Park's 3D Benefits of Health, Wealth and Identity

Nairobi National Park's 3D Benefits of Health, Wealth and Identity

Nairobi National Park's 3D Benefits of Health, Wealth and Identity

Infrastructural development together with several other key challenges are gradually smothering life from the unique city-adjacent Nairobi National Park.

Nairobi National Park is covered by more than 100 species of grasses and at least 500 plants that supports a rare combination of wildlife including roaming herds of buffaloes, wildebeest, hartebeest and Thompson’s gazelles, impalas, grant’s gazelle, warthogs, reedbuck, - which are the Lion’s food. Such is the richness of the wildlife that attracts upwards of 150,000 visitors to Nairobi National Park annually. One of the Park’s biggest natural assets is an open dispersal area that serves as a migratory route for wildlife.

Chief Nickson Parmisa is a Maasai elder who lives with his family in this dispersal area – where lions, rhinos, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras and leopards roam against the backdrop of the Nairobi skyline. 10 years ago, there was increasing conflicts between them and wildlife but this has now decreased to almost zero occurrence and have adapted to co-exist peacefully. This restoration to peaceful co-existence has however not been a smooth ride and is still facing turbulence.

Sarah Nyawira worked for years in Nairobi National Park. As Africa's Bio Voice for Kenya, she talked extensively with the local Maasai People who live in the Park's dispersal area.

Nairobi National Park is best known in the World by the easily recognizable only in the world juxtaposition of wildlife against the cityscapes. Safari lovers seek to capture photographs of a lion or a rhino or herd of zebras against the towering skyscarpers. Nairobi National Park, gazetted in 1946, is to Nairobi what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris, the Taj Mahal to India, and the pyramids to Egypt. It is an icon recognized worldwide.The strategic and powerful enclave consisting of KWS conservation offices, restaurants, picnic area, zoo, park, strategic gates on major roads and nearness to the Elephants orphanage, international airports, major hotels and restaurants and high-end residential area have established a growing influence for the Nairobi National Park as the wildlife Park in a Capital City in the World. The park has survived transformational developments that has established it as a clear identity of Kenya, working for its continuous success. Growing up, the dream of every child is to see a lion in its awesome mane and majestic gait. It has become a ritual religiously observed that before graduating from primary school, the school makes a trip to the animal orphanage or the safari walk at the Park for the reward of seeing the king of the jungle.,,,,mm

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Sarah Nyawira

Sarah Nyawira

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