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Friends of Nairobi National Park Field Trip Video

This little video illustrates the fun and craziness that we get up to – a visit to the Olerai Conservancy in the Nairobi Park wildebeest dispersal area, and installation of a biogas unit at a Masai homestead.

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To Join the exciting group of Friends of Nairobi National Park simply email us on fonnap1@gmail.com, or visit our offices at the Nairobi Park entrance, KWS HQ on Langata Rd , we are right next door to the Smart Card office.

Membership – 1,000 per person per annum, 2,000 per family, 10,000 for corporates.

Tell all your friends!

March 21, 2011 Posted by | biogas, carbon emissions, Climate change, Conservation, Wildebeest migration, Wildlife | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rhino horn tablets on sale in Kenya

Ok please tell me this is a joke

How is this possible?

For those of you who need this medication … well I’m sorry about your condition – but why should Rhino’s have to pay for it with their lives

Don’t feel alone however, Elle McPhearson apparently has a problem and takes rhino horn powder

Witter: You’re said to be a great fan of Chinese medicine. What does powdered rhino horn taste like?

E MacP: A little bit like crushed bone and fungus in a capsule. Does the job though.

Witter: How do you know that it works? A lot of people say Chinese medicine is quackery.

E MacP: Put it this way, works for me.

Don’t get excited folks, she just took these pills for a headache (NOT THAT SORT OF HEADACHE – you guys are so filthy minded)

Thanks to @damiancook for that info.

June 2, 2010 Posted by | Kenya, Wildlife | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Maasai song and video

No matter what anyone says, the Maasai are one of the main attractions to Kenya.  Its not just their spectacular looks, their fierce ways and their big sky wilderness landscapes…the music penetrates the soul. Listen and tell me what you think

December 11, 2009 Posted by | Lion, Maasai, Parks, Podcast, video, Wildlife | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Lions and cheetah in Nairobi Park

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Visiting Nairobi Park every day has never become droll, inf act things just get better and better

Here are some of my favourite animals seen this week – Big cats!

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And there are still cheetahs around!

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September 26, 2009 Posted by | Conservation, Lion, Parks, Wildlife | Leave a comment

Who owns the cattle that are dying in Nairobi Park?

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In a meeting this weekend with the warden of Nairobi National Park, Mr. Michael Wanjau of KWS and some other government officials as well as residents of the area, it was revealed that tens of thousands of cattle are grazing in the Nairobi National Park as a result of the ongoing devastating drought.

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Mr Wanjau admitted that the numbers of cattle in the park has reached record levels. So weak from walking hundreds of kilometers in search of grazing, many do not make it.

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Some herders are cutting the fence of the park to let cattle in. Some are being herded across rivers.

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The southern part of Nairobi park is littered with cattle carcasses and vultures, hyenas and lions have eaten their fill.

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Out on the staging grounds in Kitengela adjacent to the park where cattle are gathering, hundreds are dying and nobody is removing carcasses. The Kenya Meat Commission tried to buy up the herds for Ksh 8,000 per cow (about 100$) but herders have refused to sell, they say they are hoping for rain.

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Some dead and dying cattle are being butchred on the roadsides which poses a horrific public health situation. The Ministry of Health is being informed as I write this blog post.

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Many cows affected by foot and mouth disease simply cannot walk anymore like this calf. She lay down by one of the entrances to KWS and just died right there. It broke my heart that no one would touch her or put her out of her misery for fear of whatever disease she was suffering from.

The meeting on Saturday felt that the situation is a crisis and are demanding that the government conduct compulsoray purchase of cattle to avert a public health and environmental disaster. But it is being whispered that these cattle are owned by rich and powerful Kenyans, a challenge that few Kenyans are willing to take head on.

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August 25, 2009 Posted by | Conservation, Lion, Parks, Wildlife | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Daniel wants to be a pilot

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Daniel is a Maasai boy aged 15 who lives on Mt Suswa. Like all boys his age his dream is to be a pilot. Listen to this podcast about his life in the wilderness – not much else is common to children his age the world over. He’s an extraordinary child with big dreams. I spoke to him and he had loads to say – listen to this podcast about Daniels plans to leave Maasailand and become a pilot

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Daniel gave me a quick lesson in his language called Maa (spoken by the Maasai) and sends a powerful message to all children the world over.

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August 15, 2009 Posted by | Conservation, Lion, Maasai, Podcast, Wildlife | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The study of Zebra butts

The study of zebra behaviour starts with staring at their butts.
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Like a fingerprint, each zebra has unique markings on it’s butt.
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Of course the stripes on their sides are also individually unique
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but then you’d need two photos of each animal to identify it…
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So after taking alot of photos of zebras assess you’d be able to tell who’s who in the soap opera of zebra life and understand why this guy is so mad.
Kenya has two species of Zebra, the plains zebra and the rare Grevy’s zebra. These two species co occur in Northern Kenya where they spend most of hteir time trying to avoid becoming lion lunch.
Shiva Sundaressan and his wife Corinne are studying what makes zebra society so damn interesting. Read their blog Saving Stripes on WildlifeDirect.

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August 14, 2009 Posted by | Conservation, Donkey, Lion, Parks, Wildlife | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Losing Kenya to white elephants

The latest big shocker in Kenya-the-land-of-many-shocks is an atlas produced by UNEP that shows how much environmental damage we’ve done to our beloved nation. The atlas spotlights the challenges, deforestation, soil erosion, coastal degradation….it does not mention climate change and glacial melt.  From these two images in the chapter on hotspots though, you can clearly see how screwed up Lake Nakuru’s watershed is

Lake Nakuru in the 70s

Lake Nakuru now

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sad sad sad…

Vision 2030 sounds like an oxymoron for a country with severe myopia…is it just another white elephant?

March 4, 2009 Posted by | Conservation, Parks, Wildlife | Leave a comment