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Buffaloes more than expected, says Warden

16 May 2013, 15:33 Steve Wambugu

Lake Nakuru senior Park Warden John Wambua has raised alarm over the increasing number of buffaloes at the park, currently standing at 4 800.

Wambua said that the Park has a holding capacity of 500 buffaloes but that number has so far surpassed the the required number.

“A census carried out back in the year 2009 showed that the number of buffaloes had gone higher than the expected,” he said.

Speaking to the the media Thursday at the Park, Wambua disclosed that the high number of buffaloes has also interfered with eco system at the Park.

He added that this has led to the growth weeds such as Adams apples which he said are poisonous when consumed by other grazing animals.

“When the eco system is interfered with by over grazing, unpalatable and colonizing weeds invade the land and this is the current situation we are faced with; grazing field has been reduced significantly,” Wambua said.

He further observed that many grazing animals like zebras and gazelles had migrated to other areas in the Park due to infestation of the weeds.

The Park Warden noted that plans are currently under way to transfer some of the buffaloes and other animals whose number is bulging to other Parks in the country.

Wambua however said that the government had set aside KES 4 million intended for weeding in the Park.

“The weed is removed manually using Jembes as the chemical method is not allowed according to the KWS policies due to its effects hence over 30 youths have been employed to carry out the exercise,” Wambua revealed.

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