Wildebeests roaming the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem are threatened by increased human activity, a new report shows.
A study published in the Science Journal indicates plants and soils have also been affected.
The researchers in findings exclusively obtained by the Star say activities around one of Africa’s most iconic ecosystems are “squeezing the wildlife in its core”.
"In countries where far more wildlife is still found outside than inside protected areas, such as Kenya where more than 65 per cent of wildlife occur outside protected areas, expanding human population size, livestock and human activities pose serious and unprecedented threats to wildlife populations," Dr Joseph Ogutu of the University of Hohenheim told the Star.
The Serengeti-Mara ecosystem is one of the largest and most protected on earth, spanning 40,000 square kilometres and taking in the Serengeti National Park and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya and Tanzania.
Every year, a million wildebeests, half a million gazelles and 200,000 zebras migrate from the Serengeti Park in Tanzania to the Maasai Mara in Kenya in their search for water and pasture.
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