Wildebeest, bustards and bongos: Kenya begins first national census of wildlife

Wildebeest, bustards and bongos: Kenya begins first national census of wildlife

Count aims to provide crucial conservation data on animals including pangolins, turtles and antelope

Planes, helicopters, boats and 4x4s are being deployed, hundreds of camera traps and satellite collars monitored, and an array of dung studied across Kenya, as the country embarks on its first national census of wildlife.

The census, covering the country’s 58 national parks and reserves, private and community conservancies, is due to be completed by the end of July. It will cost 250m Kenyan shillings (£1.6m) and includes a count of terrestrial and marine mammals, key birds such as ostriches and kori bustards, and endangered primates. The results are expected in August.

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