Elgon’s elusive elephants: Master architects of the caves

Above: Underground Elephant Procession in Mt Elgon Photo courtesy Ian Redmond   IanRedmond.co.uk Published: The East African Nation media: 20-26 November 2021 Mount Elgon straddles the Kenya-Uganda border and is a mountain of many unique traits yet relatively unknown compared to the bigger massifs like Kenya and Kilimanjaro. That it has the largest base of […]

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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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