Today is World Wetlands Day. Today we celebrate wetlands. Today we educate the world on the significance of wetlands in our ecosystem which we are part of. Today we also seek to protect wetlands that are facing unwarranted destruction. A wetland is a place where the land is covered by water; either salty, fresh or … Continue reading World Wetlands Day
Unless you live in a cave or barely interested in what happens in Kenya, then just the name Nairobi National Park may have bypassed you. A lot has happened in 2016 within and around the park having been mentioned in the news too many times just this year. The good, the bad and the ugly … Continue reading Nairobi National Park (Highlights 2016)
A few years ago, not one person outside the scientific/conservation/natural world had ever heard of the pangolin up until its triumph at The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna Seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CITES CoP17) recently held in South Africa. All the 8 species were … Continue reading Hall of Fame for the Pangolin (2016 Highlights)
The city doesn’t deliver much of a natural habitat in respect to the wild untamed natural areas. Having grown up in the city, one would marvel at how conservation and I became highly acquainted. While growing up, I never lived among wildlife, I had no idea how living with wild animals near you was like. … Continue reading The Urban Conservationist
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The indigenous people around the world, before they made a major decision, used to sit around and ask themselves, ‘How does this affect our people seven generations ahead?’ – Jane Goodall Recently, the Plains Zebra Equus quagga, a very common, widely distributed zebra species in Sub-Saharan Africa, became a Near Threatened species by under IUCN … Continue reading Plains Zebra and other ungulates stand under threat
A while back, I was asked whether I lean more towards conservation or environmentalism, I however also asked whether one can be both. This resulted to various descriptions and opinions on the meaning of each and why one may be inclined more of one than the other or even both. Conservation is the ethical use … Continue reading Conservation and Environmentalism: Is there a difference?
Nairobi National Park, being 117.21km2, is among Nairobi’s over 70 green spaces. Green space is land partly or completely covered by trees, grass, scrub and other natural vegetation. These spaces in the city act as ‘lungs’ to the city, offer aesthetic values and provide space for research and conservation of species. Nairobi National Park is … Continue reading Saving Nairobi National Park
I find snakes very beautiful creatures. Forgive me for being a bit too much, but I do and that’s who I am. No apologies. Whenever I say this, someone always thinks I’m crazy and they include me in their prayer item. For me, each species of snake is uniquely different in their own way. Their … Continue reading Let’s talk Snakes
Busy town, busy lives, everyone going on with their day to day activities. Hardly do we notice these other creatures that are coexisting with us as we live and work in our urban areas. If I was to ask an average of 10 city dwellers if their notice any bird around them at any time … Continue reading The 10 most common Kenyan Town Birds
Arguably the largest bird one can see around our towns more often than not, with a wing spanning 3.7 meters (largest wing span of any living land bird), 130 cm tall and weighing up to 9 kg. Females are although smaller than the males. Being large and heavy, their legs and toe bones are hollow. … Continue reading Thee Marabou
A black kite flies quite alone in the skies. A pair of pied crows join the kite. But this is not a follow the leader kind of thing. It’s an ambush. The pied crows with their wings and beaks shove the kite of course. The kite now knowing it’s under attack, fights back. There is … Continue reading CROWs – Quite aggressive…aren’t they.
Well, my plastic collection especially for the milk packets is amassing and I still have no idea what to do with them. To solve this we could: Stop buying milk packets and buy plastic bottled milk That would create another accumulation though Use the milk bars at supermarkets…great idea Get a cow!!! The use of … Continue reading IT’S ACCUMULATING – LET’S TALK PLASTIC WASTE
The black kite (Milvus migrans) is a common raptor found on Kenyan skies almost all year round. In Kenya, most people refer to them as hawks, a general term for any raptor in Kenya. I used to call them hawks too until 2012 when I learnt of their true name. Growing up, this bird was … Continue reading Milvus migrans
Its mid-day at Tsavo Conservation Area and the sun is just staring at us and we cannot do anything about it. The vet in the area has been informed of an elephant immobile somewhere in the middle of Rukinga Ranch. Being an intern in the research department at Tsavo East, we accompanied the vet to the ranch. A long … Continue reading Emaciated Ele