A Feast for All at Soysambu by Elmenteita’s Shores

Above: Lion defending his prey from Silver-backed jackals and Ruppell’s vultures listed Critically endangered on IUCN Red List in Soysambu . By Rupi Mangat Published: Saturday magazine 4 January 2019 A vulture circling high in the midday sky gives the first clue that there has to be something interesting on the ground. Following its wing-beat […]

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On High Water in Nakuru

Above: Grey crowned cranes in Lake Nakuru National Park. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: The East African Nation media 19 to 25 October 2019 The salt ribbon around the lake has disappeared, swallowed by the rising water. It’s a phenomenon that researchers studying the lake since the first recorded data, attribute to a 50 year cycle that […]

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Mid-year Mara

Above: Maasai giraffe, mother and calf. In Maasai Mara. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: 27 Juy 2019 It’s the mid-year bonanza in the Maasai Mara. It’s lush and green after a long dry spell. We’re in the south-eastern part of the 1,510-square-kilometre park that is a continuation of the 14,750-square-kilometres Serengeti National Park. It is this […]

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Magic in the Mara

Above: Female elephant in Talek River, Maasai Mara – Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: 15 December 2018 It’s sunrise but there’s still a full moon in the sky. The dawn light is magical while the sprawl of the Mara is enchanting. In the soft light, the gazelles gambol and the warthogs graze on knees bent, their […]

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Naretunoi Conservancy Neighbours Nairobi National Park

Above: The Wildlife Foundation Centre at Naretunoi Conservancy, Kitengela Copyright Rupi Mangat Published: 10 November 2018 “We have everything here,” says Moses Parmisa of The Wildlife Foundation. “If you had spent the night here you would have heard the lions and the hyenas.” We’re chatting over a cuppa tea and cakes at The Wildlife Foundation […]

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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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The Jaw-Dropping Migration of the Wildebeest

Part 1 of 2 Above: The annual Mara Migration of the wildebeest from the Serengeti Copyright Rupi Mangat There is excitement in the air. We’ve been on the plains since sunrise, watching the sun shed its light on the vast grass plains of the Maasai Mara, tinting the long stalks gold and warming the earth. […]

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City Breaks

Above: Black rhino and her calf in Nairobi National Park with Nairobi city in the horizon. Copyright Rupi Mangat Published Nation Newspaper – Saturday magazine – 21 November 1998 The Nairobi National Park – a rare place where modern skyscrapers brush shoulders with the creatures of the wild The uninterrupted flow of the sky, the […]

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Migration in Mara

Published June 2014 Saturday Magazine, Nation newspaper Above: Wildebeest put their heads together in the Maasai Mara. Photo/Rupi Mangat It’s finally here. The time we all wait for. Thousands of wildebeest are streaming into the Mara, a massive mass of comical gnus grunting and snorting, chomping down the grass and creating a feast for the carnivores. […]

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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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