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Kenya and Tanzania conduct joint wildlife census.

NAyROBy (CyHAN)- Kenya and Tanzania conduct joint wildlife census

A joint wildlife census is being conducted by Kenya and Tanzania in Amboseli National Park to establish the landscape's wildlife population, trends and distribution. Human influence on the ecosystem is a big concern for the future of wildlife in the region.

Two countries are agreed on a concencus which aiming at to protect the wildlife from many threats such as, increasing human population, climate change, which is becoming more therat for ecosystem.

Dr. Maurus Msuha (man), Principle Research Officer, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute said that there are so many threats to wildlife. Population increase is one, but climate change is increasingly becoming a threat to this ecosystem, and to many other ecosystems across the world. We are seeing, for examples, that as areas become drier and drier, wildlife will definitely not get enough water, and it's likely to increase human-wildlife conflict.

Lekishon Kenana (Senior Scientist, Kenya Wildlife Service said their data has been crucial in mapping out what we are calling dispersal areas and migratory corridors. The government is keen on tourism being a key backbone of our economy, and being a key focus on the Vision 2030. We need our wildlife. But then, we need to know where the wildlife are, where they go, which areas are important.

Kenana also said that the key threat to this wildlife, to this ecosystem, is the humans. Just basically infrastructural changes of habitat, loss of space. Loss of space is the thing, because the space outside the park is being changed as people become more sedentary, as people bring in more developments. We're having roads coming in, we're having plans of cities coming in, we're having subdivisions coming in. All these things are shrinking the available space.

"For us to have a win-win situation is, let's plan for wildlife, and we plan for people as well. As I said, there is some space that is not useful for wildlife, we can do developments there. And in the real critical areas, that are important for wildlife, we should preserve those ones and use wildlife for that purpose,"added Kenana

Meanwhile, draught is not only a threat for Tanzania and Kenya but also whole planet. Many many arable lands depleted and wildlife reservoirs have terminated. Draught also triggered the human-wilflife conflict which caused extinct many animal species.

From now on, Kenyan and Tanzanian official will establish joint work to protect wildlife population firstly in Amboseli National Park.

Amboseli National Park, formerly Msai Amboseli Game Reserve, is in Kajiado District, Rift Valley Province in Kenya. The park is 39,206 hectares (392 km2; 151 sq mi) in size at the core of an 8,000 square kilometres (3,100 sq mi) ecosystem that spreads across the Kenya-Tanzania border. The local people are mainly Msai, but people from other parts of the country have settled there attracted by the successful tourist-driven economy and intensive agriculture along the system of swamps that makes this low-rainfall area (average 350 mm (14 in)) one of the best wildlife-viewing experiences in the world with 400 species of birds including water birds, pelicans, kingfishers, crakes, hammerkops and 47 types of raptor.

The park protects two of the five main swamps, and includes a dried-up Pleistocene lake and semi-arid vegetation.

140 kilometres (87 mi) South of the capital city Nairobi, Amboseli National Park is the second most popular national park in Kenya after Msai Mara National Reserve and the visit can easily be done in a weekend. (Cihan/AFP)




- VAR shots of wildlife in Amboseli National Park (elephants, zebras, water buffalo)

- VAR aerial shots of elephants and the Kilimanjaro from Cessna

- VAR aerial shots of wildlife (water buffalo, elephants, hippopotamus, zebra) from helicopter

- VAR shots of the co-pilot preparing the Cessna plane

-VAR of plane takeoff



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Date:Oct 12, 2013
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