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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.

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

Poisoning Kenyas lions

It amazes me that an American firm can sell a pesticide so deadly that it’s banned in USA, to Kenyans and say that its needed to solve the perennial food shortage.

Carbofuran is not safe enough for Americans, and not safe enough for Kenyans. Join us at WildlifeDirect, ban carbofuran. For more information on what we are doing about the poisoning of wildlife in Kenya follow our Baraza blog and Stop Poisoning Wildlife blog

November 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | 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

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

Insects rule the world!

I have been going on dudu safaris with Dino Martins Kenya’s own Dr Dudulittle – a young entomologist with a passion for bugs and nature. He’s completing his PhD at Harvard and has a lot to say about his favourite animals.

We did an experiment to find out how many bugs there are in my Nairobi back yard.

Find out why wider eye spacing is sexier for the Stalk eyed flies

Sexy enough for you?

Sexy enough for you?

How dye is made from the disgusting cochineal bug “a sack of eggs with a mouth part” that parasitizes prickly pear cactus.

I’m very proud to be a good friend of Dino who you can see moves in VERY high circles…

Even a princess knows that insects matter

Even a princess knows that insects matter

Learn more about our extraordinary insect world through Dino’s blog Dudu Diaries on WildlifeDirect

Dino Martings wth one of his best friends - Mega Bug

Dino Martings wth one of his best friends - Mega Bug

Watch this space to learn about this gigantic monster!

Note* for those who think the word dudu is a rude word, think again. It means insect in Swahili, and insects rule the world

August 13, 2009 Posted by | Conservation, Podcast | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment