IFAW Africa: Tsavo West in Blossom

Giraffe with Ipmoea flowers, TW, c Nana Grosse-Woodley There appears to be a ten to fifteen year cycle of above-average rainfall during the El Nino weather system within the Tsavo region and indeed throughout the country. Preceding the El Nino rains is three years of low rainfall accumulating in a draught situation where large die-offs of wildlife are recorded.

This post was filed by Nana Grosse-Woodley from the International Fund for Animal Welfare office in East Africa.

Giraffe with Ipmoea flowers, TW, c Nana Grosse-Woodley There appears to be a ten to fifteen year cycle of above-average rainfall during the El Nino weather system within the Tsavo region and indeed throughout the country. Preceding the El Nino rains is three years of low rainfall accumulating in a draught situation where large die-offs of wildlife are recorded. The El Nino rains normally span between the short rains beginning in October all the way through to the long rains in May without a gap. Rainfall or precipitation, temperatures, humidity, moon cycle and soil dampness will bring out a variety of plants and insects which only appear when the conditions are right, in this case every El Nino.

One of the most overwhelming transformations that Tsavo goes through during this weather change is a change from grey red dusty plains to green and thick lush bushland/woodland. The next step is from lush into flower bloom, which produces carpets and fields of different coloured flowers and millions of butterflies. The most prominent of these flowers is the Ipomoea species which can grow as a creeper or as a single stem flower – and in some cases look snow fields.

For more information about IFAW's work in Africa, please visit www.ifaw.org.

Photo credit: c. Nana Grosse-Woodley

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