Words from Kenya

The man who ran down and caught a cheetah.

This story gets to the very heart of human wildlife conflict in northern Kenya. Here in the north people live in wild areas, and many of us would like the wildlife to stay living in these areas too, but what happens when wildlife destroy a man’s livelihood? In most cases the man simply kills the offending wildlife, and in these remote places nobody is any the wiser. But this man did something amazing, he brought the cheetah in alive. Yet the government, who owns and prohibits harm to all wild animals, will not compensate him for the loss of his livestock. So why should he, or anyone else, bother to take the very great risk of bringing such an animal in alive again?

The people involved in this extraordinary tale were interviewed by the Kenyan news channel NTV, you can watch the video here

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