By David Western and Victor N. Mose
Herders face an extreme drought in Amboseli in the coming dry season, perhaps as bad as the 2009 drought when over half the cattle died, milk yields dried up and sale prices fell to rock bottom. The dire outlook is forecast by ACP’s monitoring and herder’s own assessments. The cause of the dire outlook is a combination of a mounting grazing pressure over the last few years, an influx of over 150,000 cattle in from Matapatu, Kaputei and Tanzania in January and February, and poor long rains in April and May.
In response to the grave pasture conditions on the Amboseli group ranches, herders are driving their cattle to Matapatu / Mailua and into northern Tanzania, areas where the May 2022 satellite image shows some pastures still remain.
Unless excess stocks are removed soon, large numbers of livestock will die of starvation, further damaging the pastures and resulting in poor recovery even if the short rains are good.
Download Extreme Drought Alert for Amboseli below.