NAIROBI, Nov 6 (Swara) – Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism and Wildlife, Najib Balala, has issued a 45-day ultimatum for people in possession of African Grey Parrots (Psittacus erithacus) without permit to apply for the licence within 45 days with effect from 25th October 2021.

According to Gazette Notice number 11522, declaration of possession and permit application should presented to any Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) office.

KWS will then contact all people who make declarations to inform them of the date and where to present the African Grey Parrots for documentation, registration and permit issuance after paying the required fees.

Permits issued for the possession of African Grey Parrots are renewable annually. Holders of permits that have expired are required to renew them within the 45 days of the ultimatum.

Any individual or entity who, upon expiry of the ultimatum, is found in possession of African Grey Parrot without a valid permit, will be liable for prosecution, the notice states.