Tanzania, Kenya’s Mara River Species in Peril – Report

Great wildebeest migration crossing Mara river at Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

The latest report has singled out a number of factors that could wipe out ten species organisms, whose survival depends on Mara River that is shared by Tanzania and Kenya.

Released recently, the Mara River Biodiversity Report categorises hippos, shoebills and crab species as among the most vulnerable ones due to threats to freshwater biodiversity within the Mara river basin.

Other species whose survival is in peril include Victoria tilapia, grey-crowned crane, Madagascar pond-heron and Killifish species.

The report prepared by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) singled out unsustainable agriculture and poor land use practices, water pollution, unsustainable fishing and the presence of non-native species as some contributing factors that pose a threat to the survival of the species.

“A number of non-native species have been introduced to the Mara river basin. These include those that are considered particularly invasive and have detrimental effects on the native flora and fauna,” read part of the report. Read more…

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