The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has transferred a number of reptile that included snakes and crocodiles that were abandoned in some private park situated close to the Tsavo East National Park in Taita-Taveta County from where they were dying of starvation. Some KWS representative mentioned that some lady who was responsible for these reptiles in this park which is near Bachuma KWS Gate along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway had left them locked in the Kenya Railways Corporation building without any food.
According to the sources, this building had been rented by some so that they could rare a number of reptile species for example the pitting cobras, green mambas, crocodiles and so many others. However according to Mr. Dominic Wambua who is the park’s Senior Warden the lady had to abandon these reptiles after having some sort of miss understand over rent with the owner of the building and according to her while talking with KWS, she had no choice but to leave them since she and her husband with whom they have raring these reptiles had no where to take them.
Following a serious misunderstanding over rent, Railways’ ordered her to leave the building immediately , she had the snakes locked in the building, leaving them without any food which is why the KWS had to save them after KWS, police officers, and Railways officials breaking the locks so said Mr. Wambua. While he was addressing the Standard, he added that this lady had a permit allowing her to operate the snake park in the Tsavo Ecosystem and therefore in regards to that, they have got nothing against her, the only problem was that the snakes had no food which necessitated their transfer.
These snakes were taken to Mombasa for rehabilitation while the crocodiles were taken to River Galana. Some time back, KWS was able to rescue 26 snakes of different types, two crocodiles and nine tortoises from some other woman after she was caught operating illegally.