Wild animal numbers in Kenya’s world famous Masai Mara game reserve have declined massively over the last 30-years according to a study published in the Journal of Zoology.
The new research shows that numbers of many wild animals have dropped by as much as 70%.
At the same time numbers of cattle illegally taken to graze in the Mara have increased by 1,100% over the same three-decade period. Poaching has also played a hugely negative role.
Speaking to the BBC one of the report’s authors, Dr Joseph Ogutu at the University of Hohenheim in Germany, said: “We were very surprised by what we found. The Mara has lost more than two-thirds of its wildlife.”
The report’s authors wrote : “We found that wildlife populations in the Mara region declined progressively after 1977, with few exceptions.” Wed, 1 Jun 2011 07:50 -0400