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Conference Papers in Science
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 908628, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/908628
Conference Paper

The Declining Endangered Roan Antelope Population in Kenya: What Is the Way Forward?

Department of Wildlife Management, University of Eldoret, P.O. Box 1125, Eldoret 30100, Kenya

Received 9 September 2013; Accepted 28 October 2013; Published 20 January 2014

Academic Editors: A. Keller and E. Torrents

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Johnstone K. Kimanzi at “1st International Conference on Natural Resources, Conflicts and Peace” held from 25 July 2012 to 28 July 2012 in Karatina, Kenya.

Copyright © 2014 Johnstone K. Kimanzi and Jennifer N. Wanyingi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The roan antelope, endemic to Africa, is drastically declining in Kenya and most of its range throughout Africa. Extensive research on roans in South Africa has not provided effective remedial management actions. The solution to Kenya’s roans will come from detailed research in Kenya. This paper reports an on-going research on “mapping and modelling the roan antelope population and habitat in Ruma National Park, Kenya.” The research is employing the state-of-the-art techniques in modelling and geographic information systems (GIS). Preliminary findings indicate that (i) the roan population has declined to 45 animals; (ii) the roans’ home range changes (a) with any slight change in surface water and/or rainfall frequency and (b) between and within seasons (dry and wet); and (iii) the roans’ behaviour implies possibilities of poaching. Among other interventions, establishment of a roan sanctuary (with intensive active management) in Ruma N. Park seems to be the best way forward.