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Thomas Lolokuria, Kitich Forest, Mathews Range, Samburu District, Kenya

Thomas Lolokuria, Kitich Forest, Mathews Range

There are mountains in the Samburu district of northern Kenya called the Mathews Range where you can walk in old growth forests sheltering leopards, elephants, antelopes and a fantastic variety of birds. This living belt of greenery is now threatened by global warming. While there, we came across some scientists who were studying the ecology of this area. They told us that the forest was drying out due to the severity and frequency of droughts. It was dying.

The Samburu communities are affected, as well, as it decreases forage and water for their livestock. When sustained climatic changes become the new normal, then cultures are threatened. People like our guide, here, abandon their ancestral homes for the poverty of the towns.