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Saving Africa’s Largest Forest Antelope from Extinction – January 5, 2018

Kenyan conservation groups coming together to bolster wild Eastern bongo populations

Until recently, it had been many years since safari-goers in Kenya saw a bongo antelope in the wild. But in August 2017, a group of tourists in the Aberdares mountain range of central Kenya were caught by surprise when a large bongo walked in front of their vehicle. It quickly vanished into the trees before anybody could take a picture.

photo of eastern bongoPhoto courtesy of Mt. Kenya Wildlife Conservancy Fewer than 100 Eastern bongo are believed to remain in the wild, something a Kenyan taskforce is working to change.

The Eastern bongo, also know as the mountain bongo, is Africa’s largest forest-dwelling antelope. These striking… more

by: Kari Mutu

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Planned Rail Line Would Intersect Kenya’s Nairobi National Park – October 16, 2017

Conservationists worried Chinese-backed project will threaten safety of wildlife, integrity of ecosystem

Nairobi National Park has become the focal point of a conflict between national development priorities and environmental conservation in Kenya. Established in 1946, this 117-square-kilometer wilderness area is the oldest state park in Kenya, and home to incredible biodiversity. Animals such as buffalo, giraffe, lions, leopard, white rhino, the endangered black rhino, and more than 600 bird species live inside the protected area, which is also the only national park in the world within a city.

artists impression of bridgePhoto courtesy of EAWLS Artist impression of SGR in Nairobi Park. The mega infrastructure project is about to change the face and future… more

by: Kari Mutu

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Injured Birds of Prey Find a Caring Home in Kenya – May 5, 2017

Rehabilitation center lends a helping hand to owls and eagles, raises awareness about oft-overlooked raptors

In 2003, a barn own with a severely damaged wing was brought to the attention of Sarah Higgins, an environmentalist living by Lake Naivasha in Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. The owl had been brought to the vet but the wing did not heal correctly, which meant the bird could not be returned to the wild. So she built an owlery in her garden and named the owl Fulstop. Thus began the Naivasha Owl Center, one of only two places in Kenya that rehabilitate sick and injured birds of prey. Today, the Center is licensed for avian care by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the government agency that manages the country’s wildlife,… more

by: Kari Mutu

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Samburu Warriors Are Safeguarding Kenya’s Lions – January 30, 2017

Community-based program engages pastoralists in conservation work to reduce human-wildlife conflicts

Among the Samburu people, a pastoral tribe of north-central Kenya, warriors have traditionally hunted lions to prove their bravery or to protect their cattle, which form the basis of wealth and social rank in the community. But for nine years now, Jeneria Lekilelei, a Samburu warrior, has been doing the opposite, working to protect lions from being killed by his own people.

photo of Samburu warriorsphoto by Tony AllportEwaso Lions trains Samburu warriors to do field work, conduct bush patorols, and help reduce conflicts between lions and pastoralists in north-central Kenya.

Lekilelei, 27, dropped out of high school many years ago for lack of funds.… more

by: Kari Mutu

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Keepers of Giants – May 12, 2016

Kenyan orphanage rescues and rehabilitates young elephants stranded by poaching, returns them to the wild

Edwin Lusichi holds degrees in theology and computer science but has spent the last sixteen years working with orphaned youngsters. He monitors their diet, health, and general well-being until they are ready to go back into the wild. You see, Lusichi’s orphans are elephants and he is an elephant-keeper.

photo of elephants at David Sheldrick Wildlife TrustPhoto by Kamweti Mutu An elephant keeper feeds a young elephant a special milk formula using coconut oil as a subsititute for elephant milk-fat.

“I came because I needed a job. But after some time it became a passion,” admits Lusichi, head keeper at the David Sheldrick Wildlife… more

by: Kari Mutu

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