Insect Identification Help

Insect Identification Help

Parm, one of our rangers pointed out the following larvae the other day while we were walking across a large plain together. the larvae at that time was not exposed and the only indication of his presence was a simple non descript hole. parm said in swahili “watch”. He cut a piece of grass, chewed […]

Mr. D’arnaud pops in daily

Mr. D’arnaud pops in daily

A D’arnaud’s barbet has become our new best friend as he has taken to stealing tomatoes from our stores near our office. he has no fear and runs between the legs of our seats as we eat lunch (often times tomato free).

Black-faced Sandgrouse

Black-faced Sandgrouse

I nearly stepped on this nesting sandgrouse the other day while working on road repairs. It flushed in front of me. amazing how hidden he was. I didn’t know Mr. Lichtenstein’s  sandgrouse helped with brooding. He was on 3 eggs which he returned to within 15 minutes.

Assasin in camp

Assasin in camp

I found the following Assassin bug under some logs today in camp. Evidently they can give a rather severe bite. I wonder what he assassinates for food???

Pancake Tortoise

Pancake Tortoise

Finally found a pancake tortoise north of Tumaren during a walking safari. what an interesting species. These guys occupy the cracks between rocks and have soft shells that enable them to wedge deep in crevices for protection.  

The Mother of All Rats

The Mother of All Rats

about 5 days ago, Kerry’s mum, julia rescued a giant rat who was being attacked by a black-tip mongoose. the rat is no ordinary rat, he is massive, and the largest rat-like rodent in Africa. He is a Gambian rat and this is the species that some people are using in Mozambique to look for […]

Drought Sensitive Species Beginning to Return

Drought Sensitive Species Beginning to Return

In the drought of 2000/2001 the species that were hit the hardest in Laikipia were the following mammals: Warthog, Waterbuck, Hippo, and Buffalo. Since then it has been the warthogs that have sustained the best rebound with waterbuck following. Buffalo in our area have been greatly helped by larger herds that live south of us […]

Oryx Kills Oryx

Oryx Kills Oryx

Our rangers this morning came back to the office to report that they had found a dead Oryx. From the tracks they could see that the fatality was not from poaching or predation. The Big Male Oryx had been killed by another Male. A deep puncture wound pierced his chest and blood had flowed from […]