April 29, 2009

The pink Lake Return’s

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 4:22 am

Lake Nakuru’s pink lining is back in full after the number of flamingo’s doubled due to the current rains .The birds had increased from 3000,000 in march to about 7000,000 this month,said the Lake Nakuru National park .

The migration is attributed to rise in water levels in the Lake Natron and Bongoria ,adding that the park expected the number of birds to rise as more fresh water continues draining into the lake .leaders in flock of flamingo’s usually fly to different places to monitor availability of food,then report to the rest flock,which migrates to a new destination.

Resident flamingo’s were already constructing nests on the shores in readiness for the breeding seasons expected in 30 days.But the park is far from recovering from the recent dry spell.Rivers Makalia, Nderit and Njoro,which flow from the Mau forest to the lake ,and the animals ‘favorite source of drinking water ,are yet to revive only if we stop the encroachment of the land and destruction of the Mau forest where the supply of water from our rivers and lake originates.

April 28, 2009

Fading Hoofed Animals In Mara

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:23 am

Populations of major wild grazing animals at the Maasai Mara National Reserve have ‘decreased substantially’ in only 15 years as they compete for survival with a growing concentration of human settlement, a new study has revealed. The study was analyzed by researchers at the Nairobi based international livestock research institute and led and funded by World wide fund for nature.

In the study it was revealed that a total of six species – Giraffes, Hartebeest, Impala, Warthogs,Topis and Waterbuck – declined markedly and persistently throughout the reserve. An analyis carried out indicate the losses were as high as 95% for giraffees, 80% for warthogs, 76% for hartebeest, and 67% for impala. These declines which were documented are supported by previous studies that have found dramatic drops in the reserve of once abundant wildebeest, gazelles and zebras.

Researchers  found the growing homan population has diminished the wild animal population by surping wildlife grazing territory for crop and livestock production to support their families. Some traditional farming cultures to the west and southwest of the mara continue to hunt wildlife inside the Mara Reserve, which is illegal, for food and profit.

While not covered in their analysis, the researchers involved in the study are quick to point out that the Maasai’s transition to a more sedentary lifestyle has been driven partly by decades of policy neglect that left many Maasai with no choice but to abandon their more environmentally sustainable practice of grazing livestock over wide ex-panse of grasslands.

April 27, 2009

East Africa loses Allure For The Long-Haul Tourists

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:45 am

The white sandy beaches,wildlife and tropical climate of East Africa are losing their attraction for long distance visitors facing recession and unemployment as a result of global financial crisis.To the Europeans and North Americans,it is a remote and expensive destination,and one of the first to be dropped from holiday itineraries when money is tight.

Tourism is Kenya’s third -biggest earner of foreign exchange,behind horticulture and tea,and economists fear falling visitor numbers as a result of the downturn will hit earnings and damage local firms that provides jobs and keep people out of poverty.Tourism was also affected by the post election violence a year ago where many tourists postponed or even canceled their trip to Kenya where we suffered a loss of 30.5 percent to 729,000.

Aggressive marketing at home and abroad has failed to stem the slide in the face of the world economic slowdown.Kenya’s largest group of holiday makers 42.3percent comes from Europe but this fell by 46.7 percent,thus making Kenya to cut the tourist visa fee to try to defend it’s market share

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