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Tension As 205 Elephants, 381 Zebras, 512 Wildebeests,12 Giraffes Die Over The Following (Photos)

Tourism Minister Peninah Malonza said Kenya's prolonged drought killed 205 elephants and dozens of other wild animals between February and October.

Despite sporadic rains in the region, the Bureau of Meteorology has forecast moderate rainfall for most of the country in the coming months, warning that the threat to Kenya's wildlife is far from over.

In addition to the dead elephants, 512 wildebeests, 381 common zebras, 12 giraffes and 51 buffalos also died during the same period - some in the national park which is a major tourist attraction for the country.

The ministry warned in a report that predators may have eaten some of the carcasses, saying the number published on Friday may not be comprehensive, the first step in quantifying the losses.

News of the wildlife toll in Kenya, where tourism contributes about 10% of economic output and employs more than 2 million people, comes just days before the UN's COP27 climate conference.

Kenya's northern and southern regions are more affected by drought and are home to the bulk of Kenya's elephant population.

Last month, the Save the Elephant charity said the famous calf, which is famous for its twins, had died during the drought.

The ministry asked wildlife groups to provide water, salt flats and food, and to improve monitoring and data collection.

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