So far, October has been the driest month this year. Savannahs and many seasonal streams have dried up, and the flow of major rivers within the ecosystem has dramatically reduced. Due to scarcity of resources exacerbated by the prevailing drought, the health of wildlife, particularly herbivores, has declined.
Predators on the other hand seem to be thriving as their prey base is very broad due to the presence of migratory wildebeest. The SWT/KWS Mara Mobile Veterinary Unit attended to 2 cases in October. The 1st case involved a lion that was gored on the left knee by a buffalo while the 2nd case entailed the post-release monitoring of white rhinos translocated from Meru National Park to Partakilat Rhino Sanctuary, Maasai Mara. The 7 rhinos, comprising 2 males and 5 females, have settled well in their new home.