Kora National Park prepares to honour “Father of Lions”

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Kora National Park, located along the Kitui/Tana River counties common border, has launched preparations for the annual commemoration to honor legendary conservationist George Adamson famously known as “the father of lions” for his role in conservation of the animals.

George Adamson was killed in 1989 by armed bandits at the Park where he had domesticated a herd of lions.

The event usually marked on August 30th annually is meant to inform Kenyans about the role played by Adamson in the protection of wildlife.

It is also an opportunity to remind Kenyans and the world at large of the conservationist’s passion for tourist tented camps for leisure and giving them a preview of the daily activities Adamson engaged in as he protected lions from poachers.

Meru Conservation Area’s Chief Warden Mr. Bakari Chongwa, said they opted to prepare early to ensure that they make the event lively and attractive to as many Kenyan and foreign tourists as possible.

The conservation area encompasses other natural reserves like Meru National Park and Mwingi game reserve making it a one stop tourist attraction site around the Mt. Kenya region.

Chongwa said the contribution made by George Adamson ought to be celebrated by all Kenyans bearing in mind that he died while trying to protect the wild cat from poachers.

“I invite all Kenyans to join us celebrate the father of lions who was a friend to the lions and met his death while protecting them,” said Chongwa.

Paul Omondi who is the Warden in charge of Kora National Park and Mwingi game reserve noted that more than 300 guests from the country and the international community are expected to grace the event.

Elsamare Conservators Chief Executive Officer Mr. Anam Echari said his organisation being one of the key partners in the August event, was committed to ensuring that the task which George Adamson began goes on, as more Kenyans get to learn more about wildlife conservation.

By Margaret Kimathi

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