Wildebeests, antelope, and other iconic African animals are declining just as quickly in Kenya’s parks and reserves as in the country’s unprotected lands.
That’s the finding of a recent study that questions a central tenet of Kenya’s wildlife conservation strategy.
Based on existing data, the team estimates that key animal populations have fallen by 40 percent over the past 30 years both inside and outside parkland.
The work seems to confirm what Kenyan environmentalists have suspected for years:
Aside from a few success stories, such as elephant and zebra conservation programs, efforts to sustain wildlife numbers in Kenya seem to be failing due to poor monitoring and enforcement. Read more.