The Amboseli Ecosystem continues to suffer through the drought, with vegetation drying off and depleted grasses, marked by bare ground, dominating most areas. Weak, very old and young animals have died from thirst and starvation or succumbed to diseases due to weakened immunity.
SCA-Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit attended nine cases, including 3 elephants, 3 buffalo, a lion, vulture, ostrich and giraffe. Three of these cases were post-mortems which were most likely natural in nature, one snare was removed from a giraffe and Anthrax, consequent to the drought, killed two buffaloes and a wildebeest. Many other animals that died and not tested are likely to have been associated with the disease.