Kenya is facing its longest drought in 40 years. Not just the humans, but the wildlife has also been severely affected due to this water scarcity.
According to a report released on Friday by the country's tourism department, at least 1,210 animals have died in the past nine months, which includes:
How bad is the situation: All animals including drought-resistant camels are also getting impacted by the drought. However, herbivores have been the most impacted category of animals, causing the death of already endangered species like Grevy zebras, giraffes etc.
The figures collected between February to October could be an undercount, the report said, because predators may have consumed the carcasses of animals that died as a result of the drought. It also noted that the landscapes are vast, so researchers "may not have accessed every part of the area where wildlife died."
Kenya's Meteorological Department is predicting below-average rainfall for much of the country over the upcoming months which has caused concerns about the increasing threat to the wildlife.
What is the government doing? Kenya's Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, Peninah Malonza said that steps were being taken to save the lives of animals - including digging boreholes and transporting water to dried-up water pans and dams.
A popular tourist attraction in Kenya is its wildlife. Over 2 million people are employed in the tourism industry, which contributes 10% of the nation's economic output. The consequences of the drought on the animals may soon cause an economic catastrophe in the countries of East Africa.