DROUGHT

(Photos) Impact of drought on wildlife

In Tsavo West and East National Parks, several animals have died due to lack of food and water.

In Summary

•On September 8, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the drought a national disaster promising comprehensive drought mitigation measures.

•Hundreds of livestock in Taita Taveta have died due to prolonged drought in the region.

An emaciated hartebeest wanders in the plains of Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
An emaciated hartebeest wanders in the plains of Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

several counties are currently experiencing drought.

The National Drought Management Authority has said people living in 23 counties across the arid north, northeastern and coastal parts will be in urgent need of food aid over the next six months, after poor rains between March and May this year.

Flies are seen near a carcass of dead hartebeest on the plains of Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
Flies are seen near a carcass of dead hartebeest on the plains of Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

On September 8, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared the drought a national disaster promising comprehensive drought mitigation measures.

A cheetah and her cubs shelter from the scorching sun under a tree shade at Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
A cheetah and her cubs shelter from the scorching sun under a tree shade at Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

Earlier in July, the Food and Agriculture Organization said Kenya needed Sh9.4 billion to mitigate the effects of the drought between July and November.

A ranger gestures next to a dead mature buffalo near a dried up water point at Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
A ranger gestures next to a dead mature buffalo near a dried up water point at Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

Hundreds of livestock in Taita Taveta have died due to prolonged drought in the region.

A carcass of young buffalo is seen at Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU
A carcass of young buffalo is seen at Lumo Conservancy, outskirts of Tsavo West National Park, Taita Taveta on November 29, 2021/ANDREW KASUKU

According to the National Drought Management Authority report, over 2,071 cattle, 451 sheep and 265 goats have died since October.

Elephants drink water at the only remaining water point at Mgeno Conservancy, which serves as an animal corridor joining Tsavo West and East National Parks, Taita Taveta on November 30, 2021. Eight water points have since dried up at the corridor die to ongoing drought/ANDREW KASUKU
Elephants drink water at the only remaining water point at Mgeno Conservancy, which serves as an animal corridor joining Tsavo West and East National Parks, Taita Taveta on November 30, 2021. Eight water points have since dried up at the corridor die to ongoing drought/ANDREW KASUKU

The wildlife sector has also been adversely affected by the drought.

In Tsavo, several animals have died due to lack of food.

A bird patches on dried up tree at Mgeno Conservancy, which serves as an animal corridor joining Tsavo West and East National Parks, Taita Taveta on November 30, 2021. Eight water points have since dried up at the corridor die to ongoing drought/ANDREW KASUKU
A bird patches on dried up tree at Mgeno Conservancy, which serves as an animal corridor joining Tsavo West and East National Parks, Taita Taveta on November 30, 2021. Eight water points have since dried up at the corridor die to ongoing drought/ANDREW KASUKU
A dried up water pan at Mgeno Conservancy, which serves as an animal corridor joining Tsavo West and East National Parks, Taita Taveta on November 30, 2021. Eight water points have since dried up at the corridor die to ongoing drought/ANDREW KASUKU
A dried up water pan at Mgeno Conservancy, which serves as an animal corridor joining Tsavo West and East National Parks, Taita Taveta on November 30, 2021. Eight water points have since dried up at the corridor die to ongoing drought/ANDREW KASUKU