Hundreds of elephants and zebras die due to drought in Kenya

(ORDO NEWS) — Hundreds of animals have died in Kenyan game reserves during East Africa’s worst drought in decades, new report says

The Kenya Wildlife Service and other organizations have recorded the deaths of 205 elephants, 512 wild zebras, 381 common zebras, 51 buffaloes, 49 Grevy’s zebras and 12 giraffes in the past nine months, the report said.

Parts of Kenya have experienced four consecutive seasons of insufficient rainfall over the past two years, with severe consequences for people and animals, including livestock.

Some of Kenya’s most visited national parks, reserves and conservatories, including Amboseli, Tsavo and Laikipia-Samburu, are located in the hardest-hit ecosystems, according to the authors of the report.

They called for an urgent aerial census of wildlife in Amboseli to gain a broader understanding of the impact of drought on wildlife.

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