Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Save hippos at village dumpsite
What is this world coming to, if I may quote PP Mwai wa Githinji, the man who used to bring us that famous programme, "Yaliyomo"? A report from Manguo Village in Nyahururu indicates that residents have witnessed an increase in the number of hippos rummaging through garbage heaps for food. In the years that I have grown to appreciate all things wild, it has never occurred to me that a wild animal could be reduced to a chokora.
To my mind, a hippo is a dignified and solid animal. It is not a creature to be trifled with. But now, these graceful creatures have been reduced to looking for food in dumpsites. What should we expect next? Lions competing for left-overs in the dumpsites of Dandora? If KWS does not do something to restore these animals' dignity, someone at the Forestry and Wildlife ministry should step aside to pave way for investigations.
Subduing the Lion Killers
AS DUSK APPROACH-ed, thick gray clouds hung over Nairobi, Kenya, like a heavy canopy, and the air had a damp mid-winter chill. Standing in three inches of reddish-purple onion skins, several women from the ancient nomadic Masai tribe, with clean-shaven heads and long beaded earrings, shivered as they drew their red cotton shawls more snugly over their bare shoulders.....
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Below the Mau Forest, small-scale agriculture and cattle rearing dominate the landscape. Here is a view of the the Amala at Kapkimolwa Village.
Just north of the Masai Mara National Game Reserve, the Mara flows through ranchland owned by the Maasai people.
But there are a few more rivers winding their way to join her, including the Tobora...
...and the Somonche. This lovely view of the Mara just before sunset was taken at her confluence with the Somonche.
The Mara continues to support people, agriculture, livestock and industry as she winds through Tanzania. The picture below was taken at Mara Mines, a site near an active gold mine. You can also see people bathing in the river and maize cultivation in this photo. Land is valuable and people tend to plant right up to the edge of the bank, but this leads to bank destailization and subsequent erosion.
Fishing is a major economic activity here, and you can see here the traditional dhows they use.
Changes in the water quantity and quality entering Lake Victoria are already perceived to be impacting the swamp, threatening the livelihood of the many who depend on it.
We traveled by boat to the point where the Mara River flows into Lake Victoria, completing her 365 km journey, and our own as well. Her character changed so much from the swampy highlands where she was born through the mountain streams that formed her main tributaries through the broad majestic river sustaining million-strong herds of wildlife and back to swampy lowlands where she pours into the lake. Following her on this journey was an incomparable introduction to an amazing river.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
As seen in The Standard (one of Kenya's popular news publications). The caption reads:
As recent reports indicate that humans worldwide are slackening birth control it is encouraging to note that the practice is picking up among goats and sheep in Kenya. This picture is of an anti-mating device that is causing quite a stir in Kajiado Distrit. The gadget, known locally as olor, is fitted as an alternative to inhumane castration. The plastic plate makes it impossible for the male to mount females.