|Town/Region||Maasai Mara Game Reserve|
|Date||11 Apr 2014|
Annually the wildebeest migrate back and forth between the Serengeti in Tanzania and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. The animals accompanied by large herds of zebras, the eland, the Thomson and grants gazelles together with a number of carnivores brave the crossing of the crocodile infested trans boundary Mara river that separates the Serengeti and the Maasai Mara in search of fresh pasture, fresh water and breeding grounds. This spectacular climate dependent natural phenomenon forms the backbone of eco tourism in the Maasai Mara. In the recent times the migration has been reported to being more and more irregular with the animals choosing to spend less time on the Maasai Mara ecosystem much to the worry to eco tourism stakeholders and the local community.
The main reasons being fronted as the main causes of this worrying new trend is the changing climate more so because the Maasai Mara has of recent experienced prolonged drought which led to reduced pasture and water within the ecosystem, thus proving to be less attractive to the migrating animals.
This project aims at using a trans disciplinary approach to investigate these phenomena and come up with sustainable solutions.
The work aims at achieving the following:
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