Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Bounty for Meru Wildlife

16 November 2017

Categories: Homepage News, Kenya News

By Victor Cheruiyot, Shadrack Kimeu & Moses Gitonga – Born Free Kenya, Meru Field Team

There is hope for wildlife in Meru National Park from the ongoing rains. The Park has thirteen rivers coursing through it, and with the current rains beating the whole country, they have all burst their banks straining movement.

The rains have come with blessings. Pasture and water for the wildlife is in plenty. For the past one year, Meru and its neighbouring ecosystems had been ravaged by severe drought. Most of the rivers dried up and food was inadequate for the growing numbers of herbivores. In desperation, herders from farther north had sought refuge in these areas leading to rife livestock incursions which forced wildlife to shift westwards and escalated conflict with the resident communities. The current rains have seen these pastoralists begin their exodus back to their grazing lands and wildlife has moved back to their familiar natural environment.

Despite these blessings, the downside is that they have adversely affected our project work. Our community outreach, desnaring and lion monitoring activities have been most affected because most of the roads within the Park have become impassable. The tough Meru terrain and muddy roads have worsened the situation. It means taking longer hours on the roads to reach our areas of operation including Kiolu Plains, Kindani, Punguru and Kinna Triangle for desnaring. However, the invincible and reliable Land Rover remains handy in all seasons enabling us reach the most inaccessible areas.

With the ongoing rehabilitation of the Western boundary road that leads to our operation areas, we are hopeful that our activities will soon normalise in the near future.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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