In Summary

  • The wild animals have resorted to drinking salty water from the Indian Ocean.
  • The same situation is also being experienced at Mpeketoni’s Lake Kenyatta which is drying up.
  • Over 15 hippos have already been reported to have died at the lake.

The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has warned of possible massive deaths of wildlife in Lamu following prolonged drought since the wild animals are drinking saline ocean water.

Lamu County KWS Senior Warden Jacob Orale has confirmed that tens of hippos and buffaloes have already died in various parts of the county after resorting to drinking salty water from the Indian Ocean.

Addressing journalists in his office on Thursday, Mr Orale said ocean water is not safe for wildlife consumption and it may cause deaths especially in areas adjacent to the Indian Ocean in Kwasasi, Basuba, Kililana and Mashunduani.

He said the same situation is also being experienced at Mpeketoni’s Lake Kenyatta, one of Kenya’s oldest natural fresh water lakes but whose water has now tuned salty due to the ravaging drought that.

Over 15 hippos have already been reported to have died at Lake Kenyatta since the onset of the drought in mid-2016.

UNSAFE FOR ANIMALS

“Due to the ongoing drought that has led to shortage of water in the county, wild animals have resorted to consuming [water from the] Indian Ocean which is very salty and unsafe for their health.

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