Kenya’s national park carries out census on herbivorous animals

The first ever herbivorous census targeting all mammals that feed on plant material has been conducted at Meru National Park.

According to the park’s Eastern Conservation Area Senior Scientist Geoffrey Bundotich, they saw the need to conduct the two-day exercise after realising that the aerial count done after every three years is not accurate.

The count was a pilot project to count mammals and the target was to establish the species, numbers, age and sex structures as the prey-predator relationship is very important that it can help establish whether the ecosystem is balanced.

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