Kenya: No tourism = no wildlife


With Kenya's political upheaval somewhat resolved, the United Nations today stressed the need to "regenerate tourism" in the violence-torn country.

Tourism, specifically wildlife tourism, brings in nearly $1 billion a year to the Kenyan economy. A lot of that money gets funded back into conservation projects, helping to keep its famous wildlife parks and dozens of endangered species alive. But Kenya has now lost more than two months of tourism income, and it could still be months before visitors start to return.

What will the future hold? It's hard to say, but right now, Kenyans could find themselves choosing between spending money on protecting wildlife or on feeding themselves. It's not hard to guess which option they'll pick.

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