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Biodiversity patterns are strongly connected to land use by herbivores and human activity. Africa occupies one-fifth of the global land surface and here live a quarter of the World's approximate 4,700 mammal species and 1,600 bird species which are endemic (existing only in this area.) A great number of these species are endangered or critically endangered, due to various stresses on the environment. In Kenya the National Parks include the World famous Masai Mara, bordering the Serengeti in Tanzania, home to a number of these endangered species. Between July and October unimaginable numbers of wilderbeest, zebra, gazelles and big cats make the journey from the Serengeti in Tanzania into the Masai Mara in Kenya, crossing the border to reach grazing sites which are lush after the rains. The proposal to build a highway through the Masai Mara/Serengeti has raised grave concerns from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and The World Heritage Centre as it would cut off these migration routes, encourage poaching and desturb the habitat for these animals.
Amboseli National Park, sunset, Kenya
Amboseli National Park with Mount Kilimanjaro in background, Kenya, October 2013
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Thompsons Gazelles (Eudorcas thomsonii) , Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Thompsons Gazelles (Eudorcas thomsonii)  Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Thompsons Gazelles (Eudorcas thomsonii) fighting, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Thompsons Gazelles (in foreground) and Ostriches (background), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Grant's Gazelle (right) beside Thompson gazelle (left), Ambosei National Park, Kenya
Yellow Baboon (Papio cynocephalus), female, Ambolesi National Park, Kenya
Grant's Zebra (Equus quagga boehmi), ASmboseli National Park, Kenya
Grant's Gazelle, Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Kittlitz’s Plover (Charadrius pecuarius), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareolis), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Blacksmith Lapwing (Vanellus armatus), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Common Dwarf Mongoose (Helogale parvula), Ambolesi National Park, Kenya
Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Secretary Bird (Sagittarius serpentarius), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
Rainbow Agama (Agama agama), Amboseli National Park, Kenya
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