Dry and hot conditions prevailed over the Amboseli ecosystem until the 3rd week of November when the rains fell. As the parched earth soaked up rainwater, shoots emerged, and flash floods were experienced in some parts of the park due to surface runoff from the Kilimanjaro slopes.
Herbivores in the park survived on what was left in the swamps since forage was scarce. However, supplemental feeding with hay was introduced to save the most vulnerable animals. In November, the Amboseli Mobile Veterinary Unit attended to 15 cases, these comprised 6 elephants, 3 giraffes, 1 baboon and 1 cheetah case.