The recent announcement that Kenya Wildlife Service is to recruit at least another 1.000 rangers to put boots on the ground in poaching prone areas, has received a further boost over the weekend.

A regular conservation source in Nairobi has confirmed that at least 500 of those to be recruited will be drawn from the ranks of Kenya’s national youth service, a voluntary service scheme which provides among other topics paramilitary training, a key in getting rangers ready for deployment.

It is understood that instead of having to train for a full 9 months, as fresh recruits would require, those new rangers drawn from the national youth service will be field ready in just 2 months, allowing for rapid deployment into the field and the most poaching prone areas like Tsavo and parks in Northern Kenya. The balance of ranger specific course elements, like tracking, field craft and related topics will be taught at the Manyanyi KWS training camp.

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