The Wildlife Education Programme: A Critical Evaluation

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1968
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Mrs. Karen C
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The people of Kenya have traditionally learned through song and fable that the wild animals are an aggressive enemy which must be destroyed in order to protect human life and property. The result of the reliance on story telling for the education of the young is a perpetuation of attitudes which were set in thousands of years of struggle with the wild animals in the environment (Mzee lomo Kenyatta, 1965). The Government of Kenya has recognized that in the twentieth century wildlife constitutes a natural resource of great economic value and has, therefore, taken a strong position promoting the conservation of the wildlife resource. However, strong legislation and the threat of punishmen.t cannot be relied on as a persuasive device to develop a sense of appreciation of the animals in all the population of Kenya.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, xxxiii (special), p. 247-250