Wild animals roam the 2,500-acre Kenya Golf Course that the resort says is a “wildlife sanctuary.”

Wild animals roam the 2,500-acre Kenya Golf Course that the resort says is a "wildlife sanctuary."
Wild animals roam the 2,500-acre Kenya Golf Course that the resort says is a "wildlife sanctuary."

At Kenya’s Vipingo Ridge, wild animals roam the only PGA-accredited golf course in the country. Giraffes, birds, impalas, eagles, deer, waterbuck and alligators are some of the animals that roam this field, which the company says is part of its “conservation project to establish a wildlife sanctuary.”

Vipingo Ridge is 2,500 acres of land that was once privately owned and is now an “animal sanctuary” or “conservation,” Kenya’s Minister of Wildlife and Tourism has said. CNN. While their efforts to create a place for animals and some rescued animals, not all of their animals are rescued, meaning these species could have been perfectly fine living where they were before.

Although some of the animals arrive as rescues, the wild species of the region are free to roam the countryside. The Ridge says that there are indigenous trees planted in the field for the animals. The Ridge believes that by taking and building on the animal ecosystem, they are helping animals roam freely while creating a unique (money-generating) experience for their guests.

“It’s such a nice thing to be able to go golfing and have wildlife around you,” said Vipingo Ridge Director of Golf Saleem Haji. CNN. “It’s not fake, it’s not a zoo… that’s where they want to be.”

Is that where they want to be? What if someone came along and developed a 2,500-acre golf course around your house that you had to walk through every day with golf balls flying everywhere?

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It is a hazard for animals to wander onto a working golf course where guests are constantly hitting balls into the large open vegetation. It’s incredibly irresponsible and doesn’t make much sense to turn a wildlife sanctuary into a golf course. The golf course was probably the main focus, with the animals added to attract tourists and create a “unique” experience they make it seem better by calling it a sanctuary.

The Kenyan Minister of Wildlife and Tourism said CNN that animals, such as the antelope and Grévy’s zebra, were brought from other countries and can now find a “refuge” on the golf course. Is putting these animals on a golf course with humans the best and safest place for them?

Vipingo Ridge President Alastair Cavenaugh said CNN“Our intention is to ultimately create a breeding program where we can breed populations and improve gene pools with a view to then, together with KWS (Kenyan Wildlife Service), reintroducing them into the wild, into parks or elsewhere. . sanctuaries and conservation areas like us”.

While they may mean well, a sanctuary that doubles as a dangerous golf course isn’t the place to do this, and breeding often doesn’t help conservation. These animals deserve to roam freely and not be endangered by the activities that take place around them.

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