Kenya joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Wildlife Day (WWD) on March 3, 2017. This year’s celebrations will be held in Nakuru County at the Afraha stadium.
The global theme for this year’s fete is, "Listen to the young voices”. This message targets the involvement and active participation of the youth in wildlife conservation.
To celebrate this day, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) will bring together all the relevant government departments and stakeholders at the ceremony to be presided over by Prof. Judi Wakhungu, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources.
A series of activities has been planned before and after the day’s celebrations to make the voices of the Kenyan youth to be heard in wildlife conservation.
As a build up to the event, an essay competition with wildlife conservation themes was launched in January 2017 involving twenty five schools in Nakuru County; 10 Primary, 10 Secondary and 5 Tertiary institutions.
The winners in each category will be awarded gift vouchers and trophies during the WWD 2017 event. Other planned activities include youth debates on Kenyan television, Talk from youth representatives on WWD event in Nakuru town, and National Parks clean-up across Kenya.
On March 3, 2017, WWD celebrations will be marked with a band procession in Nakuru town, town clean up, Music and poems with wildlife conservation themes from the youth and speeches from eminent conservationists including KWS Director General Mr. Kitili Mbathi.