Environment / Kenya / Wildlife

Giraffe numbers in Masai Mara down 95%

The giraffe population of Kenya’s famous Maasai Mara reserve has declined by up to 95% because of increased human settlement around the unfenced park, according to a new study.

Scientists at the Nairobi-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) found that the numbers of giraffes, hartebeest, impala, warthogs, topis and waterbuck all fell “markedly and persistently” throughout the 580 square mile reserve between 1989 and 2003.

Read more. . . (Guardian)

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