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New project will assess animal numbers in east Africa

Thousands of people flock to east Africa every year to experience the ultimate African safari holiday.

Tanzania and Kenya are famous for their extensive array of wildlife, with exotic creatures constantly patrolling national parks such as the Serengeti and the Masai Mara.

Some of the world's most renowned predators - such as leopards and lions - are also frequently seen in this part of the world.

A landmark new project has now been launched to discover how many carnivores actually reside in the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro cross-border ecosystem.

The ten-day initiative is the first ever carnivore census to be conducted in the region and it is hoped that the results will give conservationists a better idea of population numbers.

Costing around £9,150, the scheme is being run jointly by the Tanzania Wildlife Division, Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and African Wildlife Fund.

"The census is aimed to provide baseline information to set up a long-term monitoring programme for large carnivore populations in the Amboseli-West Kilimanjaro cross-border ecosystem," a spokesperson for the KWS commented.