Kenya Wildlife Service

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Kenya Wildlife Service
Industry Conservation
Founded 1990
Headquarters Nairobi, Kenya
Key people
David Mwiraria
Board of Trustees Chairman
William Kibet Kiprono
Website Homepage

The Kenya Wildlife Service, otherwise known by the initialism KWS, is a Kenyan state corporation that was established in 1990 to conserve and manage Kenya’s wildlife. It is established under an Act of Parliament Cap 376 (The Wildlife Conservation and Management Act) with the mandate to conserve and manage wildlife in Kenya, and to enforce related laws and regulations. It manages the biodiversity of the country, protecting and conserving the flora and fauna.[2]

KWS manages most of the National Parks and Reserves in Kenya, the most popular exception being the Maasai Mara National Reserve, which is managed by local authorities. The money collected as entrance fees in the parks is used to help the conservation of the plants and animals within the parks.

National parks and reserves[edit]

Kenya has over 39 designated national parks and reserves:

Conservation programmes[edit]

KWS runs specific programmes to assist Kenyan species and habitats that are in particular danger. They have forest and Wetland conservation programmes, as well as specific elephant and rhino projects to help them recover from poaching. The hirola, which is in danger of extinction, is also being monitored.

Within KWS there are several services, each responsible for a different area of work:

Community Wildlife Service[edit]

This branch of the KWS works outside the national parks. They work instead in areas such as wildlife corridors, and teach the communities living there to encourage conservation and look after their resources.

Security Services[edit]

The job of this service is to eliminate poaching in the national parks, and stop illegal trade.

Veterinary Services[edit]

This service ensures that healthy breeding populations of species are maintained throughout the country.


KWS has a training institute, also referred to as Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute. The facility located in Naivasha, is a middle level college registered with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology as a TVET institution. It offers specialized certificate and diploma courses in natural resource management, ecology and tourism in an effort to enhance conservation, management and sustainability of wildlife bio-diversity in Kenya and globally.

KWS also a Law Enforcement Academy is situated in Manyani Area, which caters for all law enforcers' paramilitary training.


KWS run several education centres:

  • Nairobi Safari Walk
  • Nairobi Education Centre
  • Lake Nakuru Education Centre
  • Tsavo East Education Centre
  • Tsavo West Education Centre

These are located inside National Parks, and run programs to encourage people to care for their environment. It is aimed at local people, particularly school groups, but is open to anyone.

Influential Administrators[edit]

  • Julius Kipng'eticch
  • Ronald kipruto koech

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