Images by Peter Moszynski
Estimates of Eastern White-bearded Wildebeest indicate a steep decline in the subspecies’ populations to a current level of perhaps 6,000-8,000 animals.
Of these we have up to 500 in NNP…
They usually stay in the Sheep and Goat Land between Athi River & Kitengela (outside the Park), but drought & incursions into this bit of short-grass habitat forces them into the (longer grassed) Park…
This is one of the many threatened species of large mammal which find sanctuary in NNP (the Browse rhino springs to mind)
Truly, these creatures, though existing elsewhere (Athi Kapiti, Shompole) will only have space to exist in the Nairobi Park in the future..
A sad fate for a perfectly adapted creature which (it is estimated) numbered 100,000 in the Athi Kapiti ecosystem (the plains around what is now Nairobi….)
The question is : will the Eastern gnu survive the SGR ?
Let’s hope for the best for these fab animals…
By Will da Beast