Research Priorities and Programs
Current research priorities
Kenya is very diverse in wildlife. The country also has several endemic species. Kenya’s richness in wildlife can be attributed to a number of factors including diverse habitat types and ecosystems. A significant percentage of these sites are covered under the protected areas network (Parks, Reserves & Sanctuaries) under jurisdiction of Kenya Wildlife Service. For sites outside the protected areas networks, targeted wildlife research and monitoring focus on priority for conservation actions, and documentation of the information already available for conservation planning. As a wildlife management authority, Kenya Wildlife Service recognizes and appreciates the facts that Kenya’s wildlife especially fauna are without borders.
Concerted efforts among stakeholders and interest groups cannot be over-emphasized in this regard. In addition, Kenya Wildlife Service recognizes the role played by other institutions (government and non-governmental), individuals and conservation groups in enabling Kenya conserve her natural heritage. To facilitate endevour for wildlife research, Kenya Wildlife Service through biodiversity Research & Monitoring Division reviews priority research activities and programmes regularly focusing on sites, habitats and species. These priorities represent a ‘menu’ of important work from which selection can be made.
In addition, Kenya Wildlife Service strives to encourage and maintain a portfolio of wildlife research across all the major habitat types including forests, wetlands, grasslands, bushlands and their chief sub-divisions e.g. coastal, highland and Guineo-Congolan forests in Kenya in collaboration with stakeholders.
Current research programmes