Jan 20, 2022

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Book casts doubt on Leakey’s legacy as conservationist

Its darker side is revealed in the book The Big Conservation Lie, written by journalist and planner John Mbaria, who researched and wrote on conservation for years, and Dr in Kenya and other parts of Africa.

The book reveals the rotten wildlife conservation in Kenya and highlights decades of hero worship by white settlers who are supposedly worshiped for a life of selfless service to the wilderness and its people.

“Although they serve in environments in which native Africans have lived for centuries and have done little or more than just live among animals, they continue to be almost universally praised, ”the book says.

One such conservationist was Leakey, who advocated it is known to discover an almost complete Homo erectus skeleton, which was given the name Turkana Boy near the shore of Lake Turkana, although he had no archaeological training.

The Buh k describes him as a school dropout , who had a long leadership career at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) twice in the 1990s as director, as vice chairman of the board of trustees and finally as chairman of that body.

It shows Leakeys almost unanimous admiration in the West Question that the book attributes largely to untrained and inconsistent perceptions.

Although it acknowledges that Leakey may have started a personal anti-poaching initiative that he paid dearly for, the book claims his legacy escaped a rigorous test that revealed the old man to be part of a “little cabal of exclusively white conservationists and thinkers” behind the chaos in nature conservation in Kenya.

Was a scream

“Worldwide admiration for Leakey’s amateur entry into the world of conservation and his largely self-perceived gigantic role in saving species is largely based on Fe information and a lack of information. “

However, praise for Leakey became a shrine soon after he was involved in a 1993 airplane accident allegedly organized by his sworn enemies in the Moi government.

The book says Leakey’s reliance on guns and boots to “advance conservation” has been largely unquestioned, and that his decision to give his brother Jonathan permanent permission to free Kenyan forests from the extremely lucrative bark of the Liberating the Prunus Africana tree is a topic that nobody dares to delve into.

“This conspiracy of silence has penetrated and left the assessment of why and how to KWS since Leakey in the 1990s sat at the helm or sat twice on its board of directors, influencing operations from the outside, stalling people who were viewed more as spoilers or macabre critics of a living conservation messiah. ”

Although Kenya’s long history of wildlife crimes has been shaped by locals,“ some ”previous spike operations linked poaching activities with settlers, notably an ivory case in 2013.

The following year, KWS boss William Kibet Kiprono, speaking before a wheelb arrow race in Hell’s Gate National Park in Naivasha, accused some sanctuaries of collaborating with poachers to kill wild animals and said they risked being degassed.

“We have enough evidence that some of the poachers are supported by the so-called conservationists. Some even equip the poachers with powerful weapons to kill wild animals. The same conservationists then use photos of the dead rhinos and elephants to solicit funds from around the world to fight poaching in Kenya, “a nation story quoted him.

The book said, Leakey’s close friend Charles Njonjo , who died hours earlier in his residence in Muthaiga, Nairobi, also had a questionable time at KWS on Sunday.

After quarreling with President Daniel Moi over an alleged plot to overthrow him, he headed Moi launched a long, widely publicized investigation into him before pardoning him and granting him an appointment as KWS chairman.

Global fan base

Njonjo, the book claims, had godfathered a small clique of state officials who acted less roughly, but conquered parts of the wildlife sector for his own interests.

Leakey may have managed to convince an enthusiastic global fan base that his two government office Times at KWS were full of accomplishments, the book argues, but his weaknesses as a manager and transgressions as a conservationist abound.

Mr. Mbaria no states that Leakey’s death could put an end to his secret business, but it does Problem persists.

“It’s a systemic problem. Leakey was just a star in this fraudulent conservation lot, co-opting the country’s top leaders. The problem can end if the communities decide to fight, but for the moment the status quo remains, “Mbaria told the nation yesterday.

In the epilogue, the authors say they have written the book around the rots and lies that obscure conservation efforts in Kenya.

“History shares documented evidence of what is going on in the Kenyan conservation world that I saw during my time as a journalist in East Africa and my co- Author have collected. who was then director of the Laikipia Wildlife Forum. It would be tragic if one reads it and remains indifferent, “remarked Mr. Mbaria yesterday.

The authors say that their results have not been easy to get published. Seven local publishers declined to touch the book, which led them to find one in the United States.

“We went to seven publishers and they refused, because of an inherited colonial trauma, the thought of that in this country one can criticize a president, but not a white settler. We did the unthinkable and published the book, “said Mr Mbaria.

Even after it was published, major bookstores in Kenya refused to keep it until it became popular, and one store even shipped copies of the US Publishers.