News & CommentConservation

Ousted Kenya Parks Head Gets Job Back

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Science  05 Jun 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5369, pp. 1518-1519
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5369.1518

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David Western, the conservation biologist who was sacked on 21 May as head of the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), was reinstated 6 days later for a 9-month term by Kenya President Daniel arap Moi. Western says he now hopes to be able to complete the restructuring of the agency, which runs Kenya's national parks and other protected areas. He believes he was dismissed largely for refusing to allow mining concessions on park lands, and that his reinstatement "sends a very clear message that KWS lands are not up for grabs."