Severe drought in Lamu threatens wildlife

Severe drought in Lamu threatens wildlife

March 21, 2017

The prolonged drought in Lamu is threatening the survival of many wild species including hippos, buffalo and lions. Wild animals have been forced to drink saline water from the Indian Ocean as natural watering holes rapidly dry out.

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Severe drought in Lamu threatens wildlife

The prolonged drought in Lamu is threatening the survival of many wild species including hippos, buffalo and lions. Wild animals have been forced to drink saline water from the Indian Ocean as natural watering holes rapidly dry out.

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Wildlife in Lamu struggle following drought

Across Lamu wild animals are suffering following the drought which has hit the region hard. The lack of available water has led to a surge in human-wildlife conflict as large mammals, including elephants and buffalo, are moving into residential areas in a desperate search for water.

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Long awaited rains arrive in Lamu

The rich fauna of the Lamu Archipelago has been under threat in recent months due to a prolonged dry spell across much of Kenya. The drought hit the region’s wildlife hard with animals suffering from severe thirst and starvation, but thankfully Lamu’s diverse species are making a come back.

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Lamu's Cultural Festival - best yet!

The Lamu Cultural Festival is an annual event which exists to showcase Lamu’s rich culture and heritage. The event has captivated the world for centuries and we were delighted to see such a fantastic turn out this year. Over 100,000 visitors, both local and international, attended the popular festival which was held in Lamu Old Town, a World Heritage Site.

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Hippopotamus pod search for water in drying waterhole

Our teams recently spotted 40 hippos in search for water in a drying waterhole near the Witu livestock camp. Over time we have seen this once lush area struggle in the face of severe drought, human encroachment and overgrazing.

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Cheetah family captured on camera

As a solitary animal, it was extra special to capture these fantastic images taken from the Lamu Conservation Trust camera trap showing two cheetahs feeding on a topi. Cheetah mothers are known to bring back small, live antelopes back to her cubs to teach them how to chase, catch and kill. However, it seems this family is relatively experienced in capturing their prey.

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Hippopotamus pod spotted on the Mkumbi River

Often targeted by poachers for their meat and teeth, hippopotamus numbers have fallen drastically in recent years across Africa.

However, whilst out on patrol the Anti-Poaching rangers came across a healthy looking hippo pod which is an encouraging sign and further reason to protect their threatened habitat.

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Thousands of seedlings planted

Our team have been working hard to expand the tree nursery at Amu Ranch.

In an effort to safeguard the 63,000 acres of land, which is bigger than several of Kenya’s National Parks, over 10,000 seedlings have now been planted ahead of the wet season in May.

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Visit from Kenya Wildlife Service

We were pleased to welcome along the new KWS Director General Mr Kitili Mbathi to Amu Ranch recently to learn more about our conservation efforts in Lamu.

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Lamu Cultural Festival 2015

Every year, thousands travel to Lamu Old Town for the annual cultural festival to celebrate the rich Swahilli culture of the Lamu Archipelago.

As ever, our team were on hand to answer any questions about the Lamu Conservation Trust and how we are conserving indigenous cultures, wildlife and marine ecologies.

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