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The Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) said it is undertaking tasks to protect animals in national parks and is providing food and water support to them.
Authority Public Relation and information Director, Zerihun Zewde, said that the drought has affected wildlife living in the outskirts of Awash, Abiyata and Shala lakes. The authority is working with various stakeholders to stave off the problem,, Zerihun noted.
The migration of pastoralists to the park compounds in search of food and water for their animals has created considerable pressure on the parks and animals, and Zerihun said some wildlife species are more affected.
“The food shortage is addressed via a concerted effort of stakeholders and we are making efforts to fetch water from other areas t supply to animals in the parks,” he remarked. Animals living in the banks of the Abiyata and Shala lakes are relatively safe as there is no considerable shortage of water in the area, he added.
The authority also said that it is working in collaboration with other stakeholders to prevent any disease from transmitting from the wildlife to domestic animals in the area.
Awash National Park is situated 225 kilometers to the east of Addis Ababa and is endowed with various bird and animal species among which the Oryx is one.
(Walta Information Center)