The country’s wildlife service is to begin relocating 200 buffalos from Solio Ranch, located in the Rift Valley Province, to Aberdare National Park. The exercise is in a bid to protect the animals from the effects of the prolonged drought that has ravaged the country. The launch of the exercise, which will occur over a period of 20 days, will be presided over by the mountain conservation area assistant director Robert Njue at 10 am on Thursday 19th August. Solio ranch is among the country’s rhino habitats that have been worst affected by the drought.
The drought, which began in ‘09, has also crippled millions of families in the rural communities who are dependent on farming, fishing and herding to make a living and for sustenance. In excess of 100,000 cattle have perished due to the intense heat and arid conditions and rhinos are currently at great risk, requiring immediate action to protect the species.