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In 2009 a very severe drought was being felt across Kenya. Amboseli lies in the rain shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro and is particularly susceptible to drought. Although there are permanent swamps supplied by springs originating from the rain and snow of Mt. Kili, the water plants are of low nutrional vale. The grazing animals were particularly affected with as many dead animals strewn across the landscape as alive ones. The smell was not good. The zebra and wildebeest were badly affected and we heard that a few weeks later most had died. This is part of the 'Circle of Life' and the reason that the animals here are not supplied with hay. Human intervention could unbalance the ecosystem. Sadly, the Masai cattle were dying as there was just not enough food for them. The drought ended in 2010 and recovery started. In this picture (taken when the drought was at its worse) the painfully thin wildebeest trek in the evening light with the Zebra. Although the Zebra do not look so thin they are suffering from a severe and dangerous mineral imbalance. Despite this we saw thousands of animals including the famous Amboseli elephants. The Spotted Hyenas were thriving, as were the vultures!

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  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 0 N: 4741] (23019)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2009-10-11
  • Categories: Natura
  • Esposizione: f/10.0, 1/500 secondi
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  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2010-12-18 6:32
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