Interesting Nocturnal Spider

Interesting Nocturnal Spider

We have run into this species only three times while on safari. They seem to only spin their webs at night and retreat and hide during the day. I wonder if anyone else has run into this spider or something like it before… Here he is as he hides during the day: Here his legs […]

De Braza Monkeys Images from Mathew’s Range

De Braza Monkeys Images from Mathew’s Range

De Braza Monkeys were thought to only exist west of the Rift Valley till Helen Dufresne discovered them living in the Mathew’s Range. Overnight the population of this Endangered Primate quadrupled within Kenya (or something thereabouts – i can’t remember exactly the numbers). Check out these pictures from our last walking safari there: Karisia Walking […]

Another Herpetologist Needed

Another Herpetologist Needed

We ran into this interesting snake in the Mathews. It moved away fast enough that i only got the following images before it was gone. The closest i could get using the book was a Desert Black-headed Snake. Does that seem about right, snake people? The book suggest that this is an uncommon species with […]

Herpetologist Needed

Herpetologist Needed

Ran into this murder scene in the Mathews Range. The snake, I’m familiar with. He is a Speckled Sand Snake. The lizard though, seems different. We have southern long-tailed Lizards around common in Laikipia but this guys coloration is so utterly different (as well he seems more stocky). I cant seem to get an ID […]

Bat Identification Help Wanted

Bat Identification Help Wanted

We had these nice big bats coming to the stream beside our camp in the Mathews Range. While the photos are rather blurred i thought that a bat person could at least make a sound suggestion as to what species we might have here.  Thanks for your help. Cheers, James   Karisia Walking Safaris

A Most Interesting Parasitic Flower

A Most Interesting Parasitic Flower

On a recent backpacking trip through the Mathew’s Range we ran into a few examples of this most stunning plant.  A bit of research suggested that it could possibly be Hydnora africana, a parasitic of Euphorbia.  The description that we found online though shows a Euphorbia very different from the ones that we have in […]