Sugarcane Plantation to reclaim 33,000ha of Kenyan Wetlands

The Following Appeal was made by colin Jackson of Mwamba Bird Observatory and while it is a bit off topic for Laikipia i still think it is a pending disaster that more people need to know about. Cheers,James —————————————————– This is a plea to raise serious concerns and put pressure on the Kenya government to […]

7 Elephants Poached on Koija Group Ranch

Today it was reported that 7 elephants were poached on Koija Group Ranch not far north of us. This morning it was also reported that KWS officers were flying the area and were in pursuit of the poachers. This is very abnormal for this area and i imagine that KWS and the police will find […]

Lions Eat Our Camel

The elephants are back in large numbers and a week ago a group of them charged through our camel herd dispersing the camels in every direction. Then the rain came and our rangers couldn’t track them. They recovered half the herd but the other half ended up spending the night out. The next day all […]

Interesting Beetles Emerging with rains.

Interesting Beetles Emerging with rains.

Some great insects have been emerging recently with the beginning of our rains. This is a long-horned beetle that is likely a borer as an immature. I suspect its host is an Acacia species: The following is a Weevil I beleive (but its shape is also reminiscent of a Tenebrionid Beetle) . There are hundreds […]

Rhino Beetle with Whip Scorpion Parasites

Rhino Beetle with Whip Scorpion Parasites

We found this Rhino Beetle the other day and as we were examining him we noticed several Whip Scorpions attached to the back of his abdomen. I remember in EO Wilsons book “The Diversity of Life” a description of another Whip Scorpion parasite on another beetle. Interesting, I wonder if this species is described. – […]

Shooting Lions to prevent poisoning?

Shooting Lions to prevent poisoning?

David Mech, the American Wolf Biologist once suggested that allowing ranchers to shoot and kill the occasional wolf predating their livestock would allow ranchers recourse to fix their own problems without resorting to poisoning, the more deadly and indiscriminate killer of predators as well as scavengers. I wonder if the same theory could apply to […]