Drought Stalks NNP

By Will Knocker:

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Things are getting very dry in Nairobi National Park & several sources of water like this gravel pit are now dry: shouldn’t they be scooped out now, ready for the Rains?

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Driving into the Mokoyeti valley gives the impression of a dessicated landscape…

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The Acacia mellifera is in flower: it only does so when provoked by a dry period: food for bees & other insects…

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This is a good time for the scavengers such as these vultures: NNP is a refuge for these Masters of the Skies…not a cloud to be seen

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The large mammals such as the 150 or so Masai giraffe we have in the Park are hungry & wandering far in search of browse: they cannot go too far into the humanised world outside the Park: they are constrained…

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A victim of drought, strangely untouched by scavengers…

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Wildlife ,such as this tommy, stay close to sources of water (Empakasi river)

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The wildebeest are giving birth in this unusually dry year: will the precious calves survive? Only a few thousand of this sub-species of gnu exists: about 500 of them in NNP

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Nursery herd of Eastern white-bearded gnus

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The Plains zebra are foaling too: it’s tough for the youngsters & their lactating mothers too..

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The Athi dam is receding & a magnet for all forms of wildlife..

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Like these thirsty zebras…

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This old Grant’s gazelle will not survive this bitter season

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But in the receding dams, new life emerges: White-faced whistling duck & ducklings

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Aquatic birds like the splendid Saddle-billed stork look out of place on the dry plains…

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Whilst impalas stay in the shade at mid-day

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The dams are frequented by thirsty herds…

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And the Empakasi river flows very slowly. We all await the Life-giving Rains…..