Trial of a killer elephant on centre stage: Exploring human-wildlife conflict by Youth Theatre Kenya

Above: Elephant matriarch and her family in Amboseli National Park. Published: The East African Nation media Oct 8, 2021 In a fascinating interactive play directed by 25-year-old Jazz Moll, founder of Youth Theatre Kenya, my attention like every other member of the audience, is on high alert. Presented in front of us in ‘court’ (the […]

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Airlines and Social Media not doing enough to stop illegal trade in wildlife

Above: A life behind bars for the owl. Courtesy WAP Published: The East African Nation 3-10 September 2021 The illegal wildlife trade is one of the five most lucrative global crimes that include arms, drugs, laundering money and human trafficking. It’s valued between $50-150 billion USD per year, according to United for Wildlife, that’s tackling […]

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Roars and Trumpets in Samburu

Above: First thing in the morning Elephant herd at Ewaso Nyiro Rver in Samburu National Reserve 2 Aug 2021. Copyright Rupi Mangat. Published: Satmag Nation newsaper 4 September 2021 Spectacular wildlife in Kenya’s arid north Part 1 of 4 The first inkling of drought in the great north is watching the lone elephant on the […]

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Ten exciting thrills in Loiyangalani, Lake Turkana

The desert town on the south-eastern shores of the Jade Sea aka Lake Turkana Above: South Island on Lake Turkana whe riving in to Loiyangalani. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African magazine Nation media 4-10 September 2021 When you make it to Loiyangalani by road, it’s time to celebrate for it’s no mean achievement. […]

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A House of Root

Shooting epic wildlife movies from the 1960s, the Roots films are, even today, unbeatable  Published: Nation newspaper 21 August 2021 Saturday magazine  It’s a fitting welcome to Kilimandege House on the shores of Lake Naivasha to have a stately giraffe standing at the entrance, nibbling on his favourite Acacia and allowing us to walk past. […]

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The Legendary snake handlers of Baringo

Within 12 days in July, Baringo loses its famous snake men Published: The East African Nation newspaper: 31 July-5 August 2021 By Rupi Mangat “You will find a carpet viper under one out of every ten rocks,” states Jonathan Ewoi, the youngest son of the recently deceased ‘Dr’ William Ewoi, one of Baringo’s legendary ‘wazees’ […]

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Raptor Rescue

Above: Hunting Fish Eagle, Lake Naivasha. Copyright Shiv Kapila  Injured Raptors find safe centres to recover with The Kenya Bird of Prey Trust Published: the East African Nation June 2021 Kenya is one of the most raptor-rich countries in the world. Of the 330 known species of raptors (another word for birds of prey), 83 […]

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Fishermen contribute to citizen science for dolphin and whale conservation in Kenya

Above: Humpback whale in Watamu, Kenya coast, Indian Ocean, doing its back flip Copyright Jane Spilsbury/Watamu Marine Association Published: The East African Nation media 2-9 July 2021 Since 2013, the global community is charting the way forward for Important Marine Mammal Areas (IMMAs) to safeguard their vital oceanic world By Rupi Mangat         Until a decade […]

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The leopard hunts in darkness

At Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary by Naivasha’s lakeshore wilderness Above: Sailing on Lake Oloidien. Courtesy Oloidien Wildlife Sanctuary Published: Satmag Nation 2 July 2021 By Rupi Mangat         www.rupitheafricantrotter.com Darkness descends.  “There it is…,” exclaims Bernard Chege Mburu, a veteran safari guide of 15 years at the18,000-acre Oserengoni Wildlife Sanctuary twixt Lake Naivasha and Hell’s Gate National […]

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Michuki Plays Host to Crocodile … along Nairobi River

Above: Crocodile at Michuki Park Nairobi 8 May 2021Credit Joy Arividza Published: Saturday magazine, Nation newspaper 12 June 2021 The clouds threatened to burst on the Saturday morning in Nairobi but did not, for it would have made birding very hard in the rain. Standing at the entrance of Nairobi Museum that is nearly a […]

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