Hundreds of animals die in Kenya’s severe drought

Amboseli National Park is one of the regions hardest hit by the current drought in Kenya. Credit: M. Disdero

Kenya’s worst drought in decades is taking its toll on the country’s famous wildlife. A recent report found that hundreds of animals, including elephants and endangered Grévy’s zebras have died in preserves. The worst affected areas include the Amboseli, Tsavo and Laikipia-Samburu ecosystems. The authors are calling for an aerial census to get a greater sense of the drought’s impact on wildlife in Amboseli, one of the country’s most visited parks. Some experts have called for providing water and salt licks, as well greater provisions of hay for Grévy’s zebras (Equus grevyi).

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