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RELEARNING TO BECOME CHIMPS AGAIN - OL PEJETA DIARIES

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The Sweetwaters Chimpanzees Sanctuary at Ol Pejeta Conservancy offers a second chance to Chimps rescued from internationally banned pet trade. Chimps are not native to Kenya but when a rescue centre in Burundi closed due to civil war in 1993 Ol Pejeta opened its doors currently it is home to 39 Chimps. 


They get to learn what it’s like to have friends and communicate with others of their kind, to clamber, unfettered, all the way up the tallest tree. They learn how to make a perfect nest of hay to sleep on, and how to get honey out of a hollow, using a stick. Begin to understand the hierarchy of his troop, its place in it and perhaps watch it change.


Nobody knows exactly how many chimpanzees are left in the wild. Counting chimpanzees is often very difficult and sometimes dangerous, Chimpanzees are shy and live in dense rainforest. In addition, many  of their home countries are affected by civil war and extreme poverty, Wild chimpanzees are only found in Africa, with just 5 countries  tha…

UNSUNG WILDLIFE HERO (TSAVO GUARDIAN)

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In 2009 the Tsavo ecosystem was hit by a long prolonged drought period that its parks lost a large number of its wildlife populations, Patrick Mwalua Kilonzo watched as the animals died same as everyone else and in 2016 when the drought hit again this time he felt he had to do something.
The Tsavo Parks are situated in an environment that is generally arid much of the year leading to perennial competition for water between livestock and wildlife 

I got to hear him tell his story of how he ended up providing water for wildlife during the recent African conference for animal welfare2018 and was not only moved but also challenged because Patrick is an ordinary Kenyan not backed by any of the “Big-hearted” and “Non Profit” NGOs which actually turned his proposal off, he actually couldn’t stomach watching as the animals died gathered the few shillings he had and requested the KWS park officials to allow him provide water for the animals at the dry water holes and when the Park warden gave hi…

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…

Wildlife crisis in Kenya

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The state of things in the current wildlife docket in Kenya is very disappointing to a point that whenever one hears it from any news media you just wonder what mess are they up to now, it’s nothing to look forward to.
From the construction of the railway in Nairobi National Park and the Tsavo East ecosystem, the death of 11 black and currently the prospect of state-sanctioned killings of our beloved wild animals to supply Buffalo and Zebra steaks to the elites in the posh five-star hotels.
If you're not worried about this harsh reality where Kenya is heading to then be very afraid if you care about the fate of our unique wildlife heritage which will very soon only be found in safari zoos as Kenya paces towards consumptive utilization, studies show Kenya wildlife population has declined by 67 per cent between 1977 and 2016.
The most ironic part of this narrative is that the decline in species has seen an increase of NGOs in the conservation sector with massive funding best exampl…

AARDVARK THE UNIQUE EARTH PIG

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I am almost certain you have no idea what an Aardvark is unless you are one heck of a keen and dedicated ecologist or conservationist if you have come across this peculiar animal count yourself in lucky to be in a very short list of people who have had this rare opportunity to see this magnificent animal.


Apparently, its Swahili name is "Mhanga" I've got no clue what relevance it has to the Swahili saying "Kujitolea mhanga" if you have the slightest clue please enlighten us by posting after you complete reading.


Strangely these shy animals live throughout Africa, south of the Sahara. Their name comes from South Africa's Afrikaans language and means “earth pig.” A glimpse of the aardvark's body and long snout brings the pig to mind. On closer inspection, the aardvark appears to include other animal features as well. It boasts rabbitlike ears and a kangaroo tail yet the aardvark is related to none of these animals.

LIFE OF AN AARDVARK

Aardvarks are nocturnal.…

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…