Wild Dogs on Tumaren

Wild Dogs on Tumaren

I was out working on one of our camps today situated high on our rock outcrop called Ol Donyo Nanyuki when i saw these wild dogs sleeping below me. they never saw me but they did appear spooky, jumping up at make beleive things behind them then settling down again for more rest. its always […]

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 […]