Drought in Kenya, hundreds of wild animals die

Drought in Kenya, hundreds of wild animals die

Hundreds of wild animals have died across Kenya amid the nation’s longest drought in decades.

Kenya’s Ministry of Tourism counted the deaths of 205 elephants, 512 wildebeests, 381 common zebras, 51 buffaloes, 49 Grevy’s zebras and 12 giraffes in the past nine months.

Prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa over the past four consecutive rainy seasons has left an estimated 18 million people affected by food shortages in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya, according to reports from the World Food Programme.

The UN’s World Meteorological Organization said the drought is the region’s longest in four decades.

In Kenya, successive seasons of below-average rainfall have caused riverbeds to dry up and destroy pastures in game reserves, according to the Ministry of Tourism.