Wild animals roam a 2,500-acre golf course in Kenya, which the resort says is a ‘wildlife sanctuary’

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

Vipingo Ridge is a 2,500-acre piece of land that was once privately owned and is now a “wildlife sanctuary” or “conservation”, said Kenya’s minister of wildlife and tourism. 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 lived just fine where they once were.

Although some of the animals arrive in rescue, wildlife in the area are free to roam the course. The Ridge says there are native trees planted on the course for the animals. The Ridge believes that by taking and building on the ecosystem of animals, they help animals roam freely while creating a unique (lucrative) experience for their guests.

“It’s so nice to be able to go golfing and you have the wildlife right around you,” said Vipingo Ridge Golf Manager Saleem Haji. CNN. “It’s not fake, not a zoo…that’s where they want to be.”

Is this 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 around every day with golf balls flying everywhere?

It is a danger for animals to roam on a working golf course where guests are constantly hitting balls on the wide open greenery. 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 that they make it look better by calling it a sanctuary.

Kenya’s Minister of Wildlife and Tourism said CNN that animals, such as the antelope and the Grevy’s zebra, have been imported 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 eventually create a breeding program where we can breed stocks and improve the gene pools with a view to reintroducing them then – in collaboration with the KWS (Kenyan Wildlife Service) – either in the wild, in parks or in other sanctuaries and conservation areas like us.

Although they may have good intentions, a sanctuary doubled as a dangerous golf course is not the place to do so, and breeding often does not help conservation. These animals deserve to be free and not be threatened by the activities that take place around them.

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