ANP Wildlife census

Fri, 2011-08-05 15:49 by ssayialel
AERP Census team, Patrick, Soila, Cynthia and Robert. Coke's Hartebeest

The Amboseli National Park Management and Scientific Authority recently organized and undertook a wildlife census on 23rd July 2011 in the Amboseli National Park. This was towards the need to monitor population changes and habitat use by wildlife species.
The exercised carried out by KWS with assistance from SFS (School for Field Studies), Amboseli Serena and AERP. Each institution provided a vehicle and a couple of staff for the exercise.

The Park was divided into 8 blocks where AERP was assigned one of the bigger blocks which took us almost five and a half hours to finish. The participating AERP team were - Cynthia, Robert, Mayiani and I. Most animals were concentrated along the swamp edge though the wildebeest did not make it any easier for us as almost all Wildebeest males were spread all over each securing a piece of territory patiently waiting for a female.

It was very interesting and exciting for a change for the AERP team to count many other species having being used to Elephants every day. We counted three elephant groups in our block; - IAIC, WA, MA, YA, MB and several males with them. On an even more positive note, as we were nearing the end of our count we saw a group of Coke’s Hartebeest, 6 adults and 2 juveniles.

It was an amazing experience and we thanks the ANP Senior Warden Richard Chepkwony and Steve Ndambuki who is in charge of research department in KWS here in ANP.

Drought Conditions

Sat, 2011-08-06 16:04 by Shuger66

I am wondering if someone could post an update on the drought conditions in Amboseli. We have all heard of the terrible conditions in northern Kenya and Somalia and I am curious how things are going in your area.

Thank you,
Noella

Drought in Kenya

Sun, 2011-08-07 14:04 by cmoss

Hi Noella,

Although there is a severe drought in northeastern Kenya, the rest of the country has had low to average rainfall. In Amboseli we have had poor rains so far this year. However, there was good rain in 2010 and adequate vegetation remained so that the elephants, wildlife and livestock are doing well. What we have to wish and hope for is that normal rains will fall in November.

Thanks

Tue, 2011-08-09 04:24 by Shuger66

Thank you Cynthia! It appears that September will be a great time to visit. Any thoughts you can share on a possible elephant baby boom since the drought ended in 2009?

Noella

Baby Boom

Tue, 2011-08-09 09:37 by cmoss

We are predicting it will start in December this year and continue well into next year. As many as 200 calves might be born. The last time there was a baby boom after a bad drought was 1979-80 and we had one set of twins. We think we're due for another set after 32 years!

Animal Count

Sat, 2011-08-06 07:58 by cmoss

Thanks for the report, Soila. I love the photo of the "long faces".

Great picture!

Sat, 2011-08-06 07:56 by Vicki

I love the shot of the Coke's Hartebeest - those juveniles are lovely!

Game count

Fri, 2011-08-05 20:32 by Donna

Thank you for the report, Soila. Guess the count was a pre-b'day party for Cynthia! We did game counts when I was at the Cheetah Conservation Fund. It is great to know how many of what animals are around.

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