Illegal Hotels Threaten Masai Mara Ecosystem

23rd February 2010 (Last Updated February 23rd, 2010 18:30)

Illegal hotel units, which have dotted the boundaries of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, are posing a threat to the area's ecosystem. The reserve is losing many animals, such as giraffes, warthogs and impala, according to an article in the British Journal of Zoology, quo

Illegal hotel units, which have dotted the boundaries of the Maasai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya, are posing a threat to the area’s ecosystem.

The reserve is losing many animals, such as giraffes, warthogs and impala, according to an article in the British Journal of Zoology, quoted by terradaily.com.

An investigation by the Kenyan Government reported only 29% of the 108 tourist facilities were legal, while only 48 facilities had the Personal Identification Number and 92 did not possess Environmental Audit Assessment certification.

The investigation found several environmental offences and poor waste management as a source of pollution of the Mara ecosystem.

International Federation of Tour Operators contacted Kenya’s minister for tourism following the investigation.