Ewaso Nyiro River Dry

The main river that flows north from Nanyuki and the Aberdares through Laikipia is dry.  In the terrible drought of 2000 the river stopped momentarily but resumed quite quickly. Yet now we find ourselves in a rather typical year with a river that has been dry for several months.  The wildlife is suffering terribly and […]

Wilddog Pics from Laikipia, Kenya

Wilddog Pics from Laikipia, Kenya

These shots were taken several months ago as some of our walking safari clients were leaving on the road to Nanyuki. You can see in the photo that one of the front dogs has a collar.  This will be one of the Laikipia Wilddog projects animals and we will be sure to forward this post […]

Two poachers caught and arrested

Two poachers caught and arrested

In late December we caught our first poachers after years of trying.  One of our rangers (both of the rangers involved in this capture will remain unnamed here) found a line of 16 snares  that stretched about 400 meters. Every opening through the bush over the course of those 400 meters were snared with some […]

Variegated Grasshopers

Variegated Grasshopers

Lots of these Variegated Grasshopers around now.  Its dry here and they often seem to be around when its dry (or maybe i just hear them better in the withered grass?).  These guys travel in small swarms (oftern times about 30 or more individuals).  Insects with black and yellow markings are often times poisonous or […]

Compost Pile Raiders

Compost Pile Raiders

Here are three short videos of the creatures that visit our compost pile each night: http://www.youtube.com/v/Bn6QsW0Mao0 http://www.youtube.com/v/DpSDQmawBhM http://www.youtube.com/v/_oXWsxgGObs Karisia Walking Safaris

First Desert Rose Found on Tumaren

First Desert Rose Found on Tumaren

We find Desert Roses downstream on the Ewaso Nyiro River and east of us at lower altitudes .Yesterday though, Kitilla, one of our rangers came to us to say he had found an unidentified plant along our eastern boundary. We were shocked to find that it was a Desert Rose.  These incredible flowering bushes, despite […]

Honey Badger Back Raiding Bee Hives

Honey Badger Back Raiding Bee Hives

Here are the latest images of our friendly Honey Badger or Ratel who has been raiding Parm’s  bee hive he has set up behind our offices.  Below are the pics Parm got of the culprit. We need to  experiment further with baffles and other ways of discouraging our friend from destroying more hives.

Surgical Instruments dontated to Mpala Mobile Clinic

Surgical Instruments dontated to Mpala Mobile Clinic

Not too long back we hosted a very nice Dr. and his son on a walking safari.  Tim, who works at a hospital in the UK brought a great bag of surgical instruments for us to distribute. In the states and most first world countries these instruments are these days disposable – A sad commentary  […]

Lesser Vs. Greater Kudu

Lesser Vs. Greater Kudu

We have Lesser Kudu on Tumaren but we have only seen Greater Kudu on some of the nearby hills (recorded less than .5kms away).  It is likely that Greater Kudu have crossed Tumaren as well but we have not yet seen them.  On a recent trip I took the following picture of a Greater downstream […]

Bush Baby with Tattered Ears

Bush Baby with Tattered Ears

I found this fellow a few months back on a walking safari down the Ewaso Nyiro River and forgot to post his handsome mug. Have a look at his ears. He has clearly being fighting with another. Bush babies are prosimians (which is latin for split nose). They are primates and like lemurs shared a […]