According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which designates endangered species, the world’s tallest mammal, the giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis), is now a vulnerable species, with population down 40% in 30 years. There are nine subspecies of the giraffe, and their population has reduced from about 163, 500 individuals in 1985 to … Continue reading Silent Extinction for the Giraffe
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 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
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
A species / quote special highlighting some of my favourite species I have had the opportunity to shoot (purposely used) across the country and quotes from very influential people in the conservation world. Some, hopefully all, quoted people you may recognise, making the post more Kenyan oriented and globally represented. Enjoy the flash of words … Continue reading Species Special
My Collins dictionary defines a zebra as “an African wild horse which has black and white stripes”. I think there could be no better definition of this. I find zebras extremely pretty amazing with their black and white stripes. Alexander McQueen was right when he said, “There is no better designer than nature”. Scientists have … Continue reading It’s all Black and white
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
Kenya is celebrating 50 years of self-rule and as a commemoration I would like to share why I love Kenya and why everyone should, at least, visit her in their lifetime. 1. With not less than 1000 bird species it’s a bird watchers paradise. 2. You can see all the ‘big five’ – Elephant, Buffalo, … Continue reading Kenya at 50.
Recently I had the opportunity to visit the coastal region of my country Kenya, well, it was kind of a class tour, but all in all I had awesome fun and also learnt a lot. Here goes the photos. More on Haller Park here. Thank You for passing by.
Small creature, almost the size of a rabbit, mostly confused with rodents, the hyrax is classified together with an elephant and sirenians (dugong and manatees). Hard to believe!! I know. Hyraxes are classified together with elephants, manatees and dugongs because of their abdominal retained testis in males and two pectoral mammary glands in females. They also lack … Continue reading Photogenic Hyrax
In groups, the wildebeests plunge into the water and run without looking back. With jaws wide open, crocodiles, having targeted the weak among the herd, grasp and choke a couple of them. The fighting and struggling taking place within the waters is captivating. Some wildebeest even drown as they are trampled on by there kind. Crossing the river alive is a sign of … Continue reading The Wildebeest Migration: Part 2
Standing frail, unaware of its new-found surroundings, a wildebeest calf has being born into the wild. Location, Masai Mara Game reserve, Kenya. Around him are herds of its own kind, grazing; pulling the grass with their 'lawnmower' mouths. His mother is standing right besides him with a keen eye protecting her new-born calf with all she's got. … Continue reading The Wildebeest Migration: Part 1