Wildebeests fall victim to human-wildlife conflict

About 30,000 of 200,000 wildebeests that moved from Loita plains to Masai Mara National Reserve annually 20 years ago have disappeared because of human encroachment into their dispersal areas.

The Kenya Conservancies Association CEO Dickson Kaelo said studies have indicated that the number would continue to drop as human population in areas bordering the park continue to grow.

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“Mara has lost about 30,000 resident wildebeests that used to move from Loita plains to the park when their counterparts in Serengeti National Park migrate to Kenya to kick off the annual tourism peak season because of encroachment,” he said.

Kaelo said human population in the Mara was growing at eight per cent annually, adding that some species of wild animals have disappeared because of encroachment into their habitats.

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He said formation of conservancies would stem encroachment because members would benefit directly from tourism activities therefore appreciate the need of co-existing with wild animals.

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