ILRI; Dynamics of Mara-Serengeti ungulates in relation to land use changes

This new study that shows how widespread and substantial declines in wildlife in Kenya’s Masai Mara has received and is still continuing to receive massive coverage in both international and local media outlets.

The study provides the most detailed evidence to date on declines in the ungulate populations in the Mara and how this phenomenon is linked to the rapid expansion of human populations near the boundaries of the reserve. For example, an analysis of the monthly sample counts indicates that the losses were as high as 95 percent for giraffes, 80 percent for warthogs, 76 percent for hartebeest, and 67 percent for impala. Researchers say the declines they documented are supported by previous studies that have found dramatic drops in the reserve of once abundant wildebeest, gazelles and zebras…Read more

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