The Ecology of the Martial Eagle in the Maasai Mara Region of Southern Kenya

Apex (top) predators are critical components of ecosystems, the loss of which can result in a domino (trophic cascade) effect that impacts entire areas and food webs. The Martial Eagle is the largest species of eagle in Africa but its population is declining, with very little known about the species. The Maasai Mara ecosystem in Southern Kenya is a conservation area that has a significant, but largely unknown population of Martial Eagles. In partnership with the Peregrine Fund of East Africa (and Dr. Munir Verani and Dr. Ralph Buij), we will assess the species’ diet, estimate its home range size and characterize nest locations to inform this species’ management and conservation. This project is led by M.S. forestry grad student Stratton Hatfield.

John J. Cox, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife and Conservation Biology
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