STUDENTS PARTICIPATION IN NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK PARTHENIUM HYSTEROPHORUS “PULL OUT” EXERCISE
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Location / Venue: 

Nairobi National park

Students and FoNNAP team loading Parthenium hysterophorus in sacks for proper disposal at Hyena Dam at Nairobi National park

Four Range Management students (Jemmimmah Omondi James Mema, Felix Odegi and Naomi Nzilani,) participated in the removal of invasive alien plant – Parthenium hysterophorus at the Hyena Dam, Nairobi National Park on 9th February 2019.

The exercise had been organized by the Friends of Nairobi National Park (FoNNAP) for its membership. The park is currently under serious threat from Parthenium hysterophorus which is allelopathic and so it competes major wildlife pastures and forage. Increased growth of P. hysterophorus is as a result of extensive activities within the park such as Standard Gauge Railway construction, frequent maintenance of the access roads and frequent traffic of tourists due to its proximity to the capital city of Kenya. The FoNNAP team currently considers manual extraction of weed as the only available option since chemical control is prohibited at the Park while biological control will only happen after control trials and approvals passed by government. The students were led by Dr. Staline Kibet a lecturer in LARMAT ,College of Agriculture and Veterinary sciences.

Expiry Date: 
Thu, 2022-03-31 (All day)
Contact Person: 

Dr. S. Kibet