According to a report issued Friday 4th of November, hundreds of animals, including elephants and rare Grevy’s zebras, have died in Kenyan wildlife preserves as a result of East Africa’s worst drought in decades.
According to the report, 512 wildebeests, 381 common zebras, 205 elephants, 51 buffalos, 49 Grevy’s zebras, and 12 giraffes were killed in the last nine months by the Kenya Wildlife Service and other organizations.
Parts of Kenya have had little to no rain for four consecutive seasons in the last two years, wreaking havoc on people and animals, particularly livestock.
According to Jim Justus Nyamu, executive director of the Elephant Neighbours Center, elephants drink 240 liters (63.40 gallons) of water every day.
According to the report’s authors, several of Kenya’s most frequented national parks, reserves, and conservancies, including Amboseli, Laikipia-Samburu, and Tsavo, are among the worst-affected ecosystems.
They demanded an immediate aerial census of wildlife in Amboseli to better understand the drought’s impact on wild animals, as well as the immediate provision of water and salt licks in the three most affected regions, as well as an increase in the amount of hay and forage provided for hundreds of Grevy’s zebras in northern regions.
Since then, the Kenya Wildlife Service and the Kenyan government have expanded their efforts to alleviate the issue.
Grevy’s Zebra Trust members and a wildlife veterinarian examine the carcass of a Grevy’s zebra in Buffalo Springs National Reserve.
In Kenya, hundreds of elephants have been killed by drought in ten months
At the Reteti Elephant Sanctuary in Samburu, Kenya, an armed ranger helps to feed rescued elephant calves.
East Africa is experiencing its worst drought in 40 years, and Kenyan wildlife is suffering as well.
Drought killed 205 elephants and several other species in Kenya between February and October, according to tourism minister Peninah Malonza, as much of East Africa experiences its worst drought in 40 years.
Although sporadic rain has begun in the region, Kenya’s meteorological authority predicts below-average rainfall for much of the country in the coming months, raising concerns that the threat to Kenya’s wildlife is not finished.
“The drought has resulted in wildlife death… due to the depletion of food resources as well as water limitations,” Malonza, cabinet secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife, and Heritage, said during a press conference.