Ecological Monitoring

Ecological monitoring is the long-term quantitative assessment of the structured dynamics of an ecosystem or some portion of it. Within the Kenyan context, knowledge on the status and trends of ecosystems and the species they contain is fundamental to KWS' ability to manage these resources.  In view of this the primary purpose of KWS' ecological monitoring programme is to gather, organize and make available to management data and information on species, ecosystems and their associated processes.

More specifically KWS' Ecological Monitoring Programme looks at the following thematic areas. Large mammals, small mammals, plants, birds, herps, invertebrates, ethno botany, mycology, water quality, hydrology, bio-prospecting, disease and vectors.

With regard to large mammals, KWS in collaboration with its partners and stakeholders conducts aerial censuses regularly in five major ecosystems. These are Tsavo-Mkomazi, Amboseli-Kilimanjaro, Mara, Meru and Laikipia-Samburu.  The detailed results from some of these censuses can be seen in the download reports below. 


In addition to aerial censuses, KWS has recently started to conduct detailed biodiversity assessments that will in the long run provide invaluable information on ecological monitoring.