The Giraffe …Going, going… Can we save the Maasai giraffes of Maanzoni from ‘Gone’

By Rupi Mangat Published: Daily Nation Kenya 27 January 2019 Above: Maasai giraffe browsing in Maanzoni In Ancient Egypt’s royal tomb of the famous  pharaoh, Tutankhamun are images of giraffes  nibbling leaves while he sits in state some 3000 years ago.  Giraffes and elephants including the rare okapi lived in the midst of the Egyptians […]

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Carnivore Conservation in Changing Landscapes: A two-day conference in Nairobi highlights new findings and more

Above: Lion defending his prey from Silver-backed jackals and Ruppell’s vultures listed Critically endangered on IUCN Red List in Soysambu Conservancy. By Rupi Mangat. Published: The East African (Nation media) 30 November 2019 In the complex world of carnivore conservation in today’s rapidly changing landscapes, an annual two-day carnivore conference held at the Kenya Wildlife […]

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The Illegal Trade in African Grey Parrots

It’s a cruel online trade, global and killing the lovable talking parrot Above: African Grey Parrot. Courtesy World Animal Protection Published: The East African 16 February – 22 February 2019 When a flock of African Grey Parrots flew overhead in Kakamega Rainforest on a recent trip to western Kenya, we were elated. In their natural […]

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Soysambu’s Cats, Colobus, Raptors and All

Published 29 September 2018 Above: Seen on Sept 13 2018 at Soysambu. The male in the photo is SM2 (collared) who is Flir’s son and the female is SF3, Valentine’s daughter. We think Flir and Valentine are sisters so they would be cousins. Unknown father’s  but  they are one or two of the males in Nakuru […]

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Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda

A Fascinating Story of Coffee and the Great Ape Above: Dr. Kalema-Zikusoka conducting gorilla clinical observation at Mount Tshiabirimu, DRC August 2008 Published The East African – Nation media 25-31 August 2018   Picture: Kanyonyi, 21 year old leader of Mubare group, died on December 9th 2017 after sustaining serious injuries during multiple attacks by a solitary silverback […]

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New Market for the African Elephant

Published in The East African Nation media 7-13 October 2017 Laos in Southeast Asia, virtually unheard of in Africa is now the leading retailer in ivory, mostly sourced from recently poached elephants in Africa Laos is now the hot-spot for rich Chinese tourists to gamble and purchase things they can’t do so easily at home […]

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United Against Wildlife Poisoning

The dire need for government to recognize the problem of poison Published in The East African-Nation Media 16-22 September 2017 It was in 2005 while researching for her doctorate on Mackinder’s Eagle Owls around Nyeri in Kenya’s central highlands that Darcy Ogada realized there was a problem at hand – that of poisoning. “I was […]

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To Tanganyika

For the chimpanzees (sokwe mtu in Kiswahili) Published The East African Nation media 16-22 September 2017 Above: Playful young chimpanzee in Gombe National Park on the shores of Lake Tanganyika.  Copyright Rupi Mangat When l heard Dr Jane Goodall talk in Nairobi about her ground-breaking pioneering chimpanzee research in Gombe it became my mission to get […]

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A Run to Conserve

Safaricom Marathoners support Kenya’s rugged northern-scape Published In The East African,Nation media 20-26 May 2017 From the high glades of Mount Kenya down to the flatlands of Samburu, past the Ewaso Nyiro River that is the life-lung of the arid lands and the iconic loaf-shaped mountain Ololokwe, a high peak pops 8,000 feet high above […]

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Winds of Change

Critically Endangered vultures threatened by wind farm Published The East African, Nation media 22-28 April 2017 Ruppell’s vulture landing – copyright Munir Virani Since 2015 four of the eight species of vultures in Kenya have been listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This means they are one step […]

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