Elephants, buffaloes die of thirst as drought takes toll

Kwale drought

A mother and her child carry water back home in Mavirivirini Asili village in Mwavumbo Ward, Kwale County, on November 24, 2021. The prolonged dry spell has sparked an acute water shortage in the region.

Photo credit: Wachira Mwangi | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • The dry spell is pushing wildlife into neighbouring ranches and human settlements.
  • Rivers have dried up, while some watering holes are now either muddy pits or completely dry. 

Wildlife conservancies in Taita Taveta County are grappling with the effects of a prolonged drought as wild animals die of thirst and humans with their livestock compete with the beasts for scarce water in the sanctuaries. 

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