Elephants and livestock both need water on a regular basis (photo of Kenya elephant on Flickr by Shawna Nelles).
CNN reports that ‘As the Horn of Africa suffers its worst drought for 60 years, there are reports of growing conflict between people and wildlife over the region’s limited resources.
‘. . . Jan de Leeuw, from the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), says during periods of drought people get desperate.
‘”Herders have animals which are thirsty and because these are areas which have very few water points if wells don’t have water they might have to walk 50-100 kilometers to find another,” he said.
‘Leeuw says that Ethiopian herders have told him that during times of drought rules about certain areas being protected for livestock in their opinion can be broken.
‘But it’s not just the livestock that’s using areas it shouldn’t says Leeuw.
‘”Based on aerial surveys in Kenya…
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