Recent pics of the few wildebeest currently in the park…..
The Last Wildebeest? Gnu are true creatures of the plains, having evolved in the great plains of Africa.
Certainly they have not adapted well to changes in habitat around NNP: fences, human activity, meat-hunting & so on.
It is estimated there could have been at least 100,000 of this sp. in the Athi Kapiti ecosystem, but we are down to the last 500 in NNP: the rest are cut off by the Athi-Namanga Highway….
Gnu on the move. Scientists have been studying how & where they move in the NNP dispersal area:
What seems to be very clear is that our last few gnu spend most of their time centred on the Sheep & Goat Land (see previous posts in the category menu to the left…..
Gnu at the Athi Dam.
Surely it must be a priority to look very closely at how to integrate the Sheep & Goat Land more securely to the Park.
Or else we will lose the last of these peculiar but wonderful creatures in one of their main habitats……