One of the most interesting pieces of research ongoing in the Athi-Kapiti (some people call it Kaputiei) ecosystem is the work by Colorado State University on wildebeest migrations. As we have mentioned before, the collapse of wildebeest populations and the decline of the migration is of great concern to us as it suggests that the National Park is dying. Wildebeest were once the mainstay of the predators diet!
Their website has a HUGE amount of information – like the tracks of 12 wildebeest that have been radiocollared. Below is an overview of the tracks of all the collared wildebeest
What I found really fascinating is the observation that Wildebeest of the Kitengela directly south of the park clearly use the Nairobi Park and the Kitengela. But they do not cross the Namanga road!
Likewise, the animals collared east of the Namanga road, do not move across it but migrate southwards. The Namaga highway is appears to be a major barrier for wildebeest migrations.
Look at the tracks of this animal collared to the east of the Namanga highway and you will see what I mean!
Their Athi-Kapiti work