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 […]
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 […]
A fascinating article on Elephant communication: http://www.boston.com/news/science/articles/2007/06/28/elephants_toes_get_the_message_study_finds Cheers, James
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 […]
I found Oxpeckers nesting in one of our Fence Posts the other day. Oxpeckers are not as common here as they are in other parts of Kenya. People speculate that their scarcity is due to Dip Medicine and the control of ticks.
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 […]
We found this nice Brook’s Gecko during some construction on a water tank the other day.
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. – […]
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 […]
Down by our camp on the Ewaso Nyiro River we discovered yesterday a Pygmy Falcon nesting inside an abandoned White Browed Sparrow Weaver’s nest.