The Chief Conservator of Forests Julius Kamau has urged Kenyans to conserve the Sykes Monkey.
Kamau is also a Honorary Warden.
On Sunday, he granted the Sykes monkeys a shoulder to sit on, at the Kenya Forest Service Nairobi City Park Forest.
He said forests play a critical as habitat to wild animals.
The Sykes monkey (Cercopithecus albogularis), also known as the white-throated monkey, are identified by the large white patch on the neck and upper chest, and a grizzled cap.
The species thrives in forest ecosystems feeding primarily on fruits, plant buds and forage.
Nairobi City Park Forest located along Forest Road and Limuru Road offers a habitat to the species whose ecosystems extends to Karura forest.
Forests provide habitat for a vast array of plants and animals, many that we know of and many more of which are still undiscovered.
Kamau said forests are more than a collection of trees but home to over 80% of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity.
These ecosystems are complex webs of organisms that include plants, animals, fungi and bacteria.
“As a Honorary Warden, my role is to increase public awareness on the linkage between forests as habitat for wild animals. Unless we protect our forest ecosystems, then we cannot guarantee the existence of our wildlife heritage,” Kamau said.
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