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 […]

Drought Sensitive Species Beginning to Return

Drought Sensitive Species Beginning to Return

In the drought of 2000/2001 the species that were hit the hardest in Laikipia were the following mammals: Warthog, Waterbuck, Hippo, and Buffalo. Since then it has been the warthogs that have sustained the best rebound with waterbuck following. Buffalo in our area have been greatly helped by larger herds that live south of us […]

Oryx Kills Oryx

Oryx Kills Oryx

Our rangers this morning came back to the office to report that they had found a dead Oryx. From the tracks they could see that the fatality was not from poaching or predation. The Big Male Oryx had been killed by another Male. A deep puncture wound pierced his chest and blood had flowed from […]

21 WildDogs with Waterbuck Kill

21 WildDogs with Waterbuck Kill

On Nov. 13 th while on safari on the Ewaso Nyiro river we ran into 21 WildDogs hunting. They were in the process of harassing a group of four Waterbuck that seemed very frightened and stressed. The Waterbucks would run and then turn to face the dogs. The dogs would then back down and look […]

Elephants beginning to disperse finally

Elephants beginning to disperse finally

After about 6 months of large herds of elephant on us the groups are beginning to disperse with only the odd bull passing through. this is in a way a relief. our poor trees need some time to grow a bit and recover from all the damage. pictured below is the big boss bull we […]

Fishing Spider Found on Ewaso Nyiro River

Fishing Spider Found on Ewaso Nyiro River

While swimming down on the river I ran into this interesting fishing spider in a small pool of water in a large rockoutcrop. the pool had mosquito larvae and when i found the spider he was totally submerged trying to hid underneath a rock. his movements under water were identical to a crab and when […]

Lions Eat Our Camel

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 […]