The tourism sector in Kenya is the hardest hit by the rise of the corona virus pandemic. The restrictions and measures put forward by the government like the lockdown and cessations have managed to cripple this sector. As much as they contribute to combating the disease, Kenyans have had to pay the price. This is in regard to the reduced movements both locally and internationally. As a result, many game parks and reserves have resorted to animal care. A good example is in a case where reserve homes have been created for young elephants. These young ones are given the best possible human care that they could have received from their mothers who apparently are missing in action.
Kenya Tourism coping mechanisms
As most workers in this environment are still thankful for still maintaining their jobs, their fears have not yet subsided. It has also become expensive to administer care to these animals that live in the parks. The revenue collected from the tourists aided in carrying out some of these activities. It has been three months now since the pandemic set foot in the country. Consequently, it has also been a long three months without revenue from the tourists.
The support staff are hoping the restriction is out and hence revive them from the uncertainties of losing their jobs. Kenya ranks among the leading countries in safari as well as eco-tourism. Despite the recession the economy is facing, it still remains hopeful that, following decline or much better an end to the pandemic, the economic will grow again.
Challenges the reserves are currently facing
Apart from the reigning covid-19, the industry is still fighting poaching activities. The containment measures have just offered poachers a chance to enhance their undertakings. Rangers are working hand in hand with the authority to ensure that Kenyan wildlife is safe
After all, we still need the revenue from tourists. And they cannot endorse us, if we have nothing to offer.
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