Wildlife Crossing Roads – Deadly Highways Threaten Endangered Species

A new study shows increasing danger that roads pose to wildlife

Above: Serval hit on Mombasa Highway near Kapiti Estate 24th November 2019. Cortesy Mary Wykstra Action for Cheetahs Kenya

Published: Business Daily, Nation media 7 January 2020

For five months Peter Kibobi woke every morning to span a section of the Mombasa-Nairobi highway to check on wild and domestic animals killed on the road, knocked down by vehicles. “There was not a single day that went without recording any deaths,” tells the young researcher working on his Master’s degree in wildlife management.

He recorded rare animals like aardvark, serval, snakes,  zebra, tortoises, gazelles, birds…the list could go on.

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The Waterkeepers: Communities all over the world cleaning up their rivers so that they can be drinkable, fishable and swimmable, again.

Above: Women wash carrier bags in Nairobi River for reuse in Korogocho slum, Nairobi. Copyright Rupi Mangat

Published: 9-13 Dec 2019 The Outlook, East African Nation media

The river, Nairobi, is in spate. Under an overcast sky on a chilly November morning, a group of Waterkeeper Alliance from across the world are clad in green waterproof overalls, gloves and gumboots to join Komb Clean Solution, a community-based organization from Korogocho slum to clean a two-kilometre stretch of the river that flows through the capital from its source in the Ngong Hills to the Indian Ocean, 500 kilometres south.

Slum kids playig in Korogocho Peoles Park in Korogocho slum, Nairobi. Copyright Rupi Mangat (800x600)
Kids playing in Korogocho Peooles Park by Nairobi River in Korogocho slum, Nairobi. Copyright Rupi Mangat

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Lake Elmenteita Wildlife Sanctuary Under Power Struggle

Above: Pylon being erected near Lake Elmenteita. Copyright Rupi Mangat

Published: Daily Nation 6 November 2019

In the name of ‘development’

It’s mid-morning by the salt-crusted shores of Lake Elmenteita. A flock of Great White Pelicans lift off the islands on the lake in animated ribbons, circling higher and higher on the hot air thermals to fly off to Lake Naivasha or Lake Nakuru. They will spend the day on the lakes on either side of Elmenteita and return at dusk to settle on the islands for the night.

Great white pelicans herding fish for breakfast. Copyright Rupi Mangat
Great white pelicans herding fish for breakfast. Copyright Rupi Mangat

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Groundbreaking Research Dolphins and Whales in Tanzanian Waters

From the archives: February 2015 

Above: Spinner Dolphin on the Tanzania Indian Ocean. Copyright Gill Braulik

Published in The East African Nation Media 27 Feb 2015

It’s exciting talking to Dr Gill Braulik who for the last 18 years has been following dolphins and whales around the Indian Ocean. In a few days time, she will set sail for six weeks in a catamaran with her team of seven scientists – all females in the top echelon – to survey the Tanzanian coastline for dolphins and whales – 3000 kilometers with a few more added in for the islands of Pemba and  Mafia. It’s the first time that such a survey is being carried out in Tanzanian waters.

Dr Gill Braulik on Misali island in the Pemba Channel Tanzainia. Copyright Rupi Mangat (640x800)
Dr Gill Braulik on Misali island in the Pemba Channel Tanzania. Copyright Rupi Mangat

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Mathews Range and the sky forests

Above: Elephants on Mathews Range. Facebook: Kitich Forest Camp

Part 3 of 3

Protecting Forests

“If you want to protect the forest, you have to understand what you are protecting and how it works,” states Borghesio. Fencing off national parks and reserves is an over-simplification to protecting forests. “It’s not enough. Wildlife is driven by resources and move in and out of the forests or higher up or lower down.

At Kitich Camp - Mathew Mountains - northern Kenya. https://www.facebook.com/kitichcamp
At Kitich Camp – Mathew Mountains – northern Kenya. https://www.facebook.com/kitichcamp

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