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WILDERNESS HARDCORE SURVIVAL SKILLS

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Bushcraft is the name we give a collection of skills that all involve thriving in the wilderness. These set of skills are essential and I strongly believe we ought to all have them at our finger tips, I was recently watching the movie series " I shouldn't be alive" which reminded me of the numerous life-threatening incidences I went through and persevered at KWS Law enforcement Academy a while back at the Tsavo wilderness, the training by Asher and Munai at KWSTI was quite handy, the two day solo nights spending 48 hours all alone among buffaloes and Hyena at Hells gate survival with my comrades at UOE seemed like it was torture but I really got to learn a lot. imagine this you're lost in the wilderness, definitely, no network coverage so don't even think of calling anyone, you're in the middle of a vast area with minimal supplies.



This is where your natural instincts come handy, but if you're not aware of your environment it's of no help to you, a gro…

Saving Kenya's rare mountain antelope "Bongo flavor"

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The eastern (mountain) bongo is one of the world’s most striking antelopes, but also one of the rarest. Its cinnamon coat, robust horns and vivid white stripes and facial markings, make for a remarkable package
The subspecies is found in central Kenya living in tropical jungles with dense undergrowth up to an altitude of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet). Officially listed as Critically Endangered, the Bongo Surveillance Programme, working alongside the Kenya Wildlife Service, using a combination of photos taken at remote camera sites and analysis of DNA extracted from dung, estimates that there are as few as 140 animals remaining in the wild spread across four isolated populations. Habitat loss for agriculture, uncontrolled timber cutting and hunting for meat have all contributed to its recent decline.
Fortunately, mountain bongos breed well in captivity and several institutions in Kenya, Europe, and North America have focused on creating a sizable backup population running into hundreds …

APPRECIATING AND UNDERSTANDING OUR CRAWLING FRIENDS (OPHIDIOPHOBIA)

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The fear of Snakes in Kenya is cultivated. We are not born with it. Children love snakes as naturally as they love dogs and cats. There are about 100 species including subspecies of snakes In Kenya, or indeed the rest of Africa, not all are venomous but they all bite as their defense strategy.

The mere mention of the word snake is enough to strike terror into the hearts of those who are afraid of them, and that will probably include a large portion of the Kenyan population, who generally hate and fear these magnificent reptiles in about equal measure, walk in a room folks relaxing and shout "nyoka nyoka" then you will wonder if its fair that every Kenyan qualifies for an Olympic gold medal.

This is one interesting country where snake handlers are more threatening than soccerers "wachawai" the number of visitors to the national Museums herpetology department will never get close to the huge flocks that visited Loriondo "kwa babu".

To be honest, this attitu…

GOING NOCTURNAL (The Backpacker's Travel Diary)

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Night game drives are prohibited in Kenya's National Parks but have you ever wondered what its like to be out in the wilderness in the comfort of a 4x4 open roof land cruiser watching as the night unfolds? Most of the big cats are active at night and the opportunity to watch Lions hunt is rare, but there is a conservancy in Northern Kenya where a front row seat to this magical experience is guaranteed.


OL Pejeta Conservancy is a destination of outstanding scenic beauty, an African Eden. It's a slice of wilderness paradise far from the madding crowd yet easily accessible, it's an ideal wilderness to reconnect with your wild side. There are lots of engaging activities that one can indulge in; Lion tracking, Bush walk, Bird walk, Endangered species boma, Dog tracking, Behind scenes chimpanzees, Junior Ranger, Riding with rhinos, community visits and to crown it all Night game drives you've got to add this on your bucket list.


The conservancy is a jewel of wildlife divers…

RESCUING RAPTORS

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Saving owls in a country that believes them to be harbingers of death seems impossible. But the Naivasha Owl Centre, founded in 2014, not only rescues and rehabilitates owls but Kenya's biggest and most bellicose birds of prey the late Sarah Higgins, Simon Thomsett andShiv Kapila, against all odds set up the Centre and have successfully handled over 190 birds.

Throughout history and across many cultures, people have regarded Owls with fascination and awe. Few other creatures have so many different and contradictory beliefs about them. Owls have been both feared and venerated, despised and admired, considered wise and foolish, and associated with witchcraft and medicine, the weather, birth and death. Speculation about Owls began in earliest folklore, too long ago to date, but passed down by word of mouth over generations.