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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.
Male Lion (Panthera leo), Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Grant's zebra (Equus quagga boehmi), Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Male Lion (Panthera leo) with buffalo, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Male Lion (Panthera leo) with buffalo, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
impala (Aepyceros melampus),  Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), Lake Navasha, Kenya
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), Lake Navasha, Kenya
Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius), Lake Navasha, Kenya
Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash), Lake Naivasha, Kenya
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Elementaita Lake, Kenya
Great White Pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), Elementaita Lake, Kenya
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber), Elementaita Lake, Kenya
Variable Sunbird (Cinnyris venusta), Elementaita Lake, Kenya
Elementaita Lake, Kenya,
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) and other wetland birds, Elementaita Lake, Kenya
Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) and Lesser Flamingo (Phoeniconaias minor) Elementaita Lake, Kenya
Cliff Chat (Myrmecocichla cinnamomeiventris) female, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya
Black-winged Stilt /Himantopus himantopus), Elementaita lake, Kenya
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