Kenyan Wildlife Experts Conclude Nationwide Assessment And Exploration of Sierra Leone’s Wildlife Tourism Resources

The three Kenyan Tourism Wildlife Experts, Michael Wanjua, Bernard Ngoro and Maurine Musimbi have concluded their nationwide assessment and exploration of Sierra Leone’s national parks and tourism resources at Mamunta, Mayosso in Tonkolili district.

The Kenyan experts together with officials from the Tourism Ministry, National Tourist Board, National Protected Area Authority and Conservation Society started the week long exploration and assessment of wildlife tourism resources at Tacugama Chimps Sancyuary, proceeded to Gola Rain Forest, Tiwai Island, Outamba Kilimi National Park, Mamunta Mayosso and a proposed site in Port Loko. The exercise aimed at exploring the possibility of establishing wildlife sanctuaries in protected areas for touristic purposes.

Throughout their assessment of the country’s wildlife tourism resources, the Head of the Kenyan Delegation, Michael Wanjua reiterated the enormous potential Sierra Leone has in terms of wildlife/sanctuary conservation.

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At Mamunta Mayosso National Sanctuary, Michael Wanjua learnt that there is a lot of birdlife and many other animals including mammals and wildlife species. He said the area can be developed into a tourist attraction centre, hence it is can be easily accessible, has good habitat, good vegetation, wetland ecosystem and wetland habitat. He recommended the restock of wildlife to the area, fencing the area, thus making it a tourism centre.

The Director of Tourism who also doubles as the head of delegation during the assessments, Mohamed Jalloh intimated that the sanctuary in Mamunta Mayosso is a bird sanctuary with a grassland savanna with over 2000 hectares that attracts lot of migrating birds and also a place of huge wildlife potentials.

He reiterated the recommendation of the Kenyans to make the sanctuary a suitable site for the relocation of exotic animals by growing the right vegetation and fencing the sanctuary.

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