Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 93–107 | Cite as

Trace element geochemistry of soils and plants in Kenyan conservation areas and implications for wildlife nutrition

  • John Maskall
  • Iain Thornton


Trace element concentrations in soils, plants and animals in National Parks and Wildlife Reserves in Kenya are assessed using geochemical mapping techniques. Soil trace element concentrations are shown to be related to soil parent material and possibly to pedological and hydrological factors. At Lake Nakuru National Park, plant trace element concentrations vary with plant species and the geochemical conditions that influence uptake are discussed. Impala at Lake Nakuru National Park and black rhino at Solio Wildlife Reserve are shown to have a lower blood copper status than animals from other areas. The trace element status of wildlife is assessed also with respect to critical concentrations used for domestic ruminants. It is suggested that at Lake Nakuru National Park, the low soil copper content and high molybdenum content of some plants contributes to the low copper status of impala and may also influence the nutrition of other species.


Trace Element Concentration Trace Element Geochemistry Copper Status Soil Parent Material Domestic Ruminant 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Maskall
    • 1
  • Iain Thornton
    • 1
  1. 1.Environmental Geochemistry Research Centre for Environmental TechnologyRoyal School of Mines, Imperial CollegeLondonUK

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