Water Resource Management

Like many areas in Kenya, the people and wildlife of the Greater Lamu Eco-region are suffering from the reoccurring droughts that are debilitating the country.

Sustainably managing natural water to lessen the pressure for wildlife in the driest of seasons is a vital.

Emergency Water for Wildlife: A prototype has been made in Lamu town for temporary water troughs for the wildlife of Amu during prolonged drought periods. These metal trays hold 3,000 litres of fresh water.

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The prolonged drought in Lamu is threatening the survival of many wild species including hippos, buffalo and lions. Wild animals have been forced to drink saline water from the Indian Ocean as natural watering holes rapidly dry out.

The rich fauna of the Lamu Archipelago has been under threat in recent months due to a prolonged dry spell across much of Kenya. The drought hit the region’s wildlife hard with animals suffering from severe thirst and starvation, but thankfully Lamu’s diverse species are making a come back.

As a solitary animal, it was extra special to capture these fantastic images taken from the Lamu Conservation Trust camera trap showing two cheetahs feeding on a topi. Cheetah mothers are known to bring back small, live antelopes back to her cubs to teach them how to chase, catch and kill. However, it seems this family is relatively experienced in capturing their prey.

The Lamu District was once home to the densest population of wildlife in Kenya and in 1972 boasted the second largest elephant population in Kenya estimated at over 21,000. Yet today the elephant population has plummeted catastrophically to perhaps numbering less than 100 individuals.