Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Drying Mara River threatens wildlife migration

A recent article quotes the Head Ecologist in the Serengeti National Park, Dr. James Wakibara.  I've copied in a quote below.  Click the link for the full article.



The Mara River sustains one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world - the annual migration of millions of wildebeests, zebras and antelopes arriving in the Mara Basin during the dry season in search of water and forage.

Since Mara River is not a large river, ever increasing activity will eventually severely degrade the riverine ecosystem and even impinge upon the most basic needs of people, livestock, wildlife and the overall basin’s economy. “If the irregular flow of Mara River becomes more and more extreme, it could, for example, cause a collapse in the wildebeest populations, thus hampering the entire migration cycle that sustains the Maasai Mara - Serengeti ecosystem,” Dr Wakibara said.

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