Nairobi, Kenya — The wildlife in East Africa is dying of thirst and starvation, the people are suffering – and now the lack of rain threatens even the Serengeti migrations. In cracked riverbeds once flowing with water,dozens of hippos lie decomposing in the stifling heat. Elsewhere, the thin delicate frames of rare Grevy’s zebras lie on parched grass, felled by anthrax. East Africa should now be preparing for the migration of the wildebeest – the biggest movement of wildlife in the world – but instead, the animals are slowly starving. The people are suffering too. The UN estimates that 11 million people in Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Burundi will need food airlifts to survive this drought. Soon, more than one million wildebeest are due to thunder their way through the Mara River, on their Spring migration through the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania and onto the golden expanse of the Masai Mara in Kenya. Hidden in the dust kicked up by their hooves 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelles will run alongside. On the fringes there should be an army of predators, waiting to pick off the weakest as they stumble in the vast […]

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