The Mara Count, 2002. The count that counts.

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The Masai Mara Wildlife and People Count 2002

The great savanna of eastern Africa - cradle of humankind, home to traditional nomadic pastoralists and their livestock, and last refuge of some of the most spectacular wildlife populations on earth - are in trouble.

Notwithstanding 20 years of highly committed wildlife conservation, more than half of the big mammals of the Masai Mara region in Kenya has disappeared in just the last 20 years. Most will go in the next 20 years if something new isn't done.

What is jeopardising work to conserve the Mara's priceless wildlife populations is a lack of a unified effort, by all concerned, to join together to seek solutions. The Mara count is one such effort: a joint venture by pastoral peoples, conservationists, private industry, land managers and researchers to create an unparalled set of information to form the foundation of future decisions to conserve wildlife and develop pastoral peoples.

Serengeti-Mara ecosystem. For millions of years, our human ancestors have lived side-by-side with diverse wildlife herds in the ecosystem.
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Why count people, wildlife and livestock? To maintain tourism income and conserve biodiversity, we must know who and what is where.
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What do we count? We try detailed information on an entire ecosystem in a very short time.
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How do we count? We invented a new method to count people, livestock and wildlife.
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Maps of the Maasai Mara Wildlife Count.Why count again in 2002? We all want to keep track of the big changes happening in the Mara.
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What did we find? See maps and analysis showing distribution of wildlife, people, livestock and vegetation in 1999 and 2002.
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Maps, graphics and unpublished reports from this website may be reproduced for non-commercial use provided that such reproduction shall acknowledge the Mara count 2002 with this citation:
"Reid, R.S., Rainy, M., Ogutu, J., Kruska, R.L., McCartney, M., Nyabenge, M., Kimani, K., Kshatriya, M., Worden, J., Ng'ang'a, L., Owuor, J., Kinoti, J., Njuguna, E., Wilson, C.J., and Lamprey, R. (2003). People, Wildlife and Livestock in the Mara Ecosystem: the Mara Count 2002. Report, Mara Count 2002, International Livestock Research Institute, Nairobi, Kenya."
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