A wide variety of animals live in the savannas of Kenya and many are considered vulnerable or endangered. Savanna habitats are grasslands with some trees and shrubs scattered throughout the terrain. The animals found in the savannah have adapted to both wet and dry seasons and have learned where to find water when there is little rainfall.
Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya is located at a natural pinch-point on the migratory route between the Ngare Ndare Forest on the edge of Mount Kenya and the Samburu-Namunyak area rangelands to the north. Gaps in the fence line serve as excellent placement points for camera traps to collect a vast amount of information about the animals moving between these habitat zones. Many of the species using this migratory route have low or declining population numbers due to the pressures of habitat loss, encroachment, fragmentation, climatic variation, disease and direct human interference. The Minnesota Zoo’s Ulysses S. Seal Conservation Grant Program helped fund camera trapping equipment for this research. This project was championed by Adam Keniger, Tropics Mammals Zookeeper.