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 […]

Lion Eats Camera Trap

Lion Eats Camera Trap

When Tumaren Rangers, Nuno, longamon and Kichine heard that 8 of the neighbors cows had been killed by lions after they had been left out for the night, they rushed to the scene to place a cameratrap on the carcasses.  When they returned in the morning they could see by the tracks that a Lion […]

Baby Aardvark Rescue Part 2

Baby Aardvark Rescue Part 2

Excellent news, the baby Aardvark (who we may have named Aarthur) has survived his operation.  For three hours Dr. Dietter Rottcher and Dr. Sanjay Gautama worked on a broken hind femur which was snapped clear in 2.  They put in a metal pin, a standard operation for a dog but for a species as different […]

Baby Aardvark Rescue

Baby Aardvark Rescue

This baby Aardvark was found during one of our camel safaris on Aug. 28th. This morning I took him to the vet for an x-ray after sleeping with him in the same bed. He has a broken leg and rib. The leg surgery on Thursday will be long says Dieter Rottcher the leading wildlife vet […]

Pictures of 2 Rare Antelope on Tumaren

Pictures of 2 Rare Antelope on Tumaren

Two of our hardest to see animals are pictured here, a Bush Duiker and a male Bushbuck.  While common in other parts of Kenya they are infrequent in our area and we see them only occasionally.  Both of these animals have been spending quite a bit of time near our camp on the river recently […]

Baby Elephant Rescue

Baby Elephant Rescue

Yesterday afternoon we received a report from one of our returning walking safari teams that they had passed a dying mother Elephant with one small young.  The guys said that the elephant had appeared like it was sleeping but it was shortly realized that it could not stand up even as it struggled with the […]

Elephant in Mourning

Elephant in Mourning

It is too easy to give animals human attributes, particularly when you have an animal dealing with the death of one of its own.  Yet the following pictures, that were taken over a 24 hour period after a young female elephant’s death, are compelling and leave little doubt that animals mourn. In the next two […]

Elephants Dying From Mysterious Disease

Elephants Dying From Mysterious Disease

In the past month a number of Elephants in our area have died of a strange, yet undiagnosed (atleast by us) disease.  Our tracker Leshilling Lemanyass says that he has seen this problem with Elephants many times and that he suspects it effects their stomach and digestion.  We have found two sick animals on us […]

Wilddogs coming out of our ears!

Wilddogs coming out of our ears!

30 Wilddog at Tumaren yesterday drinking water about our river camp!  I sent the pictures to the Laikipia Wilddog Project with two close ups of 2 of their collared animals.  Kayna from the LWP was able to confirm the identity of both dogs based on markings, one of which was the alpha male.  This particular […]