‘Moving a giraffe is a delicate process’: rising waters threaten Kenya’s wildlife


East Africa’s Rift Valley lakes are expanding, endangering the communities that live on their shores and the animals that exist alongside

Marooned giraffes, fleeing flamingoes and stranded impalas: in recent years the rising water levels in east Africa’s Rift Valley lakes have become the norm, displacing people, threatening wildlife and submerging schools and hotels.

The gradual rise was first noticed 10 years ago but was accelerated by heavy rains in 2019, according to Kenya’s principal secretary in the ministry of environment and forestry, Chris Kiptoo.

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