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The downward population trend has hunters and those who depend on the revenue generated from hunting deeply concerned, as well as biologists who warn that thousands of dead deer are a red flag about the health of the entire ecosystem.
The Kenyan government has announced that it will start providing food and water for wildlife in the national parks worst affected by the drought now gripping much of East Africa. It's a desperate attempt to save the iconic animals that attract thousands of camera-toting tourists every year to the birthplace of the safari.