Mt. Kenya Burning

Mt. Kenya Burning

Today we went to Nanyuki and around midday we began to see billowing smoke coming from up from the Mt. Kenya forest.  We were told that the fire has been going for several days, that the British Army was helping to contain it and that it appeared to be largely contained this morning.  Winds in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Vultures Galore

Vultures Galore

Its always nice to see vultures coming into carcasses in our area.  Vultures, are taking such a terrible hit globally and even here in Kenya trends have shown that dramatic declines in particular areas, including Laikipia.  The following images of Ruppel’s Griffon Vultures were taken on a zebra carcass a few months back. Vultures A […]

More Lions with a Zebra Kill

More Lions with a Zebra Kill

Not long after our images of Lolmelil on the zebra killed by the snare it appears that his lionesses made a zebra kill of their own.  This was not far away and we were able to get the following images on the carcass.  You can see the young cubs in the initial images and an […]

Lolmelil The Lion

Lolmelil The Lion

Lolmelil, a large male lion who we have seen on a number of occasions but never photographed finally made an appearance at a dead common zebra we found a couple weeks back. The zebra had sadly died from a snare that had slowly strangled and cut it.  Parm put the camera out and got these […]

Dead Baby Elephant

Dead Baby Elephant

A baby elephant was found dead today on us below our dam in an area the elephants have been spending a good deal of time.  The carcass appears to be about three days old. There were lion tracks nearby as well as Hyena but our rangers felt that neither killed it.  Because not all of […]

Lion Dead

This sad (its actually not that sad – this was an old lion) but interesting story comes from Laurence Frank from the Laikipia Predator Project. The LPP is an excellent effort fighting hard on behalf of predators and looking deeper into the conflicts that humans and predators find themselves in, in our area. Please have […]

Rethinking The Meat Guzzler – NY Times article

I eat meat and probably too much of it. I found this article in the New York Times rather alarming. I have always known about these issues but the implications for just slowing down our meat consumption (rather than quitting outright) are incredible with regard to greenhouse gas.

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.