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November 16, 2018

Elgeyo game reserve for relaunch after Sh38m rehabilitation - Tolgos

AS GOOD AS NEW: Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos launches the rehabilitation of the Rimoi Game Reserve in April last year.
AS GOOD AS NEW: Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos launches the rehabilitation of the Rimoi Game Reserve in April last year.

The rehabilitated Rimoi National Game Reserve will be relaunched next month to boost tourism.

It was restored by the Elgeyo Marakwet government and Kenya Wildlife Service at a cost of Sh38 million.

The reserve is famous for elephants, white crocodiles and many bird species.

Other animal species have been introduced, Governor Alex Tolgos said on Tuesday at his office.

The reserve had been neglected for many years until April last year when the rehabilitation was launched.

“We have already made good progress and the reserve has been fenced off to curb poaching,” Tolgos said.

“In collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service, we will keep these elephants away from neighbouring farms.” Rimoi is located in the famous Kerio Valley.

Rehabilitation work included improving infrastructure, creating dams for wildlife, building gates and watch towers and recruiting rangers and tourism staff.

In collaboration with the KWS, the county has recruited 10 rangers trained at the KWS Training School in Manyani.

Last month the government approved a plan to put up the country’s first cable cars for Sh1 billion in Elgeyo Marakwet county to attract tourists.

Tolgos said the government has allocated Sh80 million for survey and planning.

“The cable cars will also link Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties and it will be very easy to move tourists and other people across the valleys and escarpments,” he said.

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