VIRAL VIDEO OF TOURIST CAMP BLOCKING WILDEBEESTS ANNUAL MIGRATION SPARKS OUTRAGE
A video showing wildebeest blocked from their annual migration because a tourist camp has been built in their pathway have sparked online outrage.
The viral video captured the big herd of wildebeests too numerous to count, stuck at a fence and the middle of a river as the tourist camp had blocked its pathway.
Moments later, people from the camp were seen chasing away the wildebeests, forcing them to turn back and seek alternative routes.
Watch the video below
Reacting to the video, Kenya's Cabinet Secretary for tourism, Najib Balala said his ministry was working with the county government of Narok to resolve the "disturbing" situation.
"I have discussed with Narok Governor Samuel Tunai, about the camp built beside the Mara River, blocking the Wildebeest crossing. It is very disturbing and we expect the Governor to take action and have the camp removed.
"I have also insisted that we need a Maasai Mara National Reserve Management Plan, that will not only enhance biodiversity but also protect our wildlife migratory corridors from greed," Balala said on Twitter.
The wildebeest migration is one of the major tourist attractions at the Maasai Mara reserve in Kenya.
From July to September every year, thousands of wildebeest and zebra migrate from the Serengeti in Tanzania to Masai Mara in Kenya.
Tourists visit to experience the thrill of wildlife as the animals battle for survival.
Several Kenyans have expressed outrage over a tourist camp blocking the pathway for the annual migrants.
"Hon. Balala, that us boy enough. All those who participated in the illegal allocation & approval of the project must be made answerable.
Let the DPP & DCI move in as well.
Its such a big shame!!," A Twitter user said.
Another responded saying; "Honestly I dont know what some Kenyans use to think!
How can a mature person build a camp site there? How? How?!"