It’s the holidays and holidays come with vacation and road trips with family, friends or both, maybe yourself; as you explore places you’ve either never been to, or you’ve heard of, or you just can’t get enough of. As exhilarating as traveling may sound, planning for one can prove to be mentally exhausting in most … Continue reading A to Z Travel Guide
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
Extinction is forever; endangered means we still have time. This year’s Global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions Nairobi chapter, here, was a success with 80% of the participants being the youth which was this year’s theme; Youth for Wildlife. This showed the youth were ready to play an active role in wildlife conservation. National … Continue reading How it went down – GMFERL 2016 (Photos)
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?
Global March For Elephants, Rhinos and Lions 2016.
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 noticed I had left out other very common town birds that are worth mentioning following my previous post here. Olive Thrush (Turdus olivaceus) Common on city lawns with an olive brown plumage above, bright orange bill, a bare orbital ring, its chin and throat are buffy white with dusky streaks becoming greyish olive-brown on … Continue reading More Town Birds
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.
My most recent bird crush, well, for quite some time now, has been the black headed heron Ardea melanocephala. Having been observing this birds nesting in colonies in a tree near where I reside, they have intrigued me as I did not know that they could nest right in the middle of a town just … Continue reading The Black Headed Heron – A town’s Spectacle