Eastern White Bearded Gnu (Connochaetes taurinus albojubatus)

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.

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Of these we have up to 500 in NNP…

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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…

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This is one of the many threatened species of large mammal which find sanctuary in NNP (the Browse rhino springs to mind)

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Truly, these creatures, though existing elsewhere (Athi Kapiti, Shompole) will only have space to exist in the Nairobi Park in the future..

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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….)

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The question is : will the Eastern gnu survive the SGR ?

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Let’s hope for the best for these fab animals…

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By Will da Beast