SOYSAMBU DRY SEASON WILDLIFE CENSUS

BY:Chege Amos

Saturday 6th marked the dry counts season for Soysambu conservancy limited. With over 30 participants drown from various stakeholders and local communities and the entire Soysambu conservancy, nine thousand, four hundred and twenty one animals were recorded. (9421animals) though the morning was misty the activity was carried out successfully. The aerial census was also done. Zebras recorded the highest numbers with an increase of 12%.  Zebras, Impalas and Thompson’s gazelle topped the list; most of animals recorded a decrease. However the population of the endangered Rothschild giraffe increased from the previous 71 to 80/recording a 12%increase over the last 5months. Buffaloes and impalas recorded a decrease of 31%decrease. The Colombus and the Sykes monkey were sighted along the river.  Small mammals recorded low numbers as a result of weather conditions in the morning.

 

 

We wish to appreciate the great support granted by all the volunteers. Special attributes are paid Lady Ann Delamere for organizing the aerial counts. We can’t forget the great support from all the lodges, Mbweha camp, sunbird lodge among other volunteers. To Kenya wildlife service we say thanks for the security you granted in the entire count period.

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