The celebrated consevationist Dr Richard Leakey has been appointed as the new head of the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) (Photo/http://www.texannews.net)

Renowned conservationist Dr Richard Leakey has been appointed as the new head of the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) (Photo/http://www.texannews.net)

Dr Richard Leakey, the new Kenya Wildlife Services chairman, has his work cut out for him. Of the 302 parastatal appointments made by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday, Leakey occupies the office that perhaps has the brightest spotlight on it given the clear and present danger that poaching currently poses to Kenya’s wildlife population. The reality of this challenge was brought home this week with news that 3,000 Kgs of ivory shipped from Kenya were seized in Thailand.