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JACKSON'S HARTEBEEST - LAIKIPIA'S RARE AND FRAGILE ANTELOPE

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Large antelopes called hartebeests, which were formerly widespread in Africa, have over the years declined in numbers with some sub-species being declared extinct, according to the International Union for Conservation and Nature. 
Hartebeest is a large African antelope, also known as Kongoni, which has eight sub-species of which one is entirely extinct while others are facing imminent danger.
Kenya is a home of Coke’s and Lewel’s hartebeests, which have cross-bred producing Jackson’s species, whose numbers are also declining. The conservation status of Coke’s hartebeest falls under least concerned and the numbers are noted to be decreasing while the Lewel hartebeest is categorized as Endangered. The numbers, according to the IUCN red list, is also in the decline for further reading about the five species of hartebeests https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hartebeest Hartebeest are medium sized horse like antelopes, whose herbivorous diet is comprised mainly of grasses. Although they are mai…

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…

FRIENDS OF NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK (FONNAP-KEEPING VIGILANCE IN THE PARK)

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 Park rules are intended to ensure that visitors enjoy a superior safari experience without endangering themselves or the wildlife. Please respect the rules

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter" Martin Luther King JR. The Nairobi National Park is the only park in the world adjacent to a capital city, this has its ups and downs which we are all familiar to including the standard Gauge Railway that in my opinion had so many alternative routes other than through the park, But there's one behavior of Nairobians that I really has to be addressed alighting from the vehicles while on a game drive and sitting on top of the vehicle.

The minute you pay to enter the park you're given a receipt and attached to it is a copy of the park rules and regulations which some people tend to overlook and only oblige when the Kenya Wildlife Service Patrols are around forgetting that they are in the wild and nothing is predictable.

I have been a member of F…

DRIVING IN THE WILDERNESS THE GLEN EDMUND WAY

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The numerous driving schools in Kenya have become so commercialized that by the time you get your license and you're behind the steering wheel the reality of the situation hits you in the face how half-baked you came out from them, I remember how congested  the table classes were and don't get me started on the practical part it was just a formality if you don't chip in something to the instructor he will brush you very fast and actually most of the time even step in the clutch for you and even engage the gear giving you lame excuses how sloppy you are, calling in the next person as you go to the back of the overcrowded old lorry.
By the time we got to the day for the final road test practical exam at kasarani stadium half the guys were still asking how you get the lorry started, as usually we were quite crowded and had to be brushed off haste-fully only three guys apparently failed the rest of us were certified drivers that was back in 2008 but I believed much hasn't…

CONSERVATION IN ACTION ELEPHANT CALF RESCUE

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                  THE DAVID SHELDRICK WILDLIFE TRUST