Gautam Shah: Bringing wildlife into your life every day, anywhere, with games on your smartphone

By Rupi Mangat

Above: Gautam (left) and Raff taking a break on the way to Goualougo Camp, Republic of Congo. Photo Credit David Morgan

Published: The East African Nation 30 May 2020

That there’s no time to lose to save our wildlife is a universal truth.

That the internet is the most powerful tool on Earth is another universal truth.

The two put together gave Gautam Shah, founder of Internet of Elephants his drive to enter the world of wildlife conservation in a novel way…via your mobile phone playing games to save wildlife.

IoE WV screens scenes from the game Wildeverse Photo Credit Internet of Elephants (409x800)
IoE WV screens scenes from the game Wildeverse Photo Credit Internet of Elephants

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The New ‘Big 5’ of Wildlife: shooting for a cause ..with a camera

Above: Jaguar, in La Papalo, Mexico by Alejandro Prieto

Published: The East African Nation media 16-22 May 2020

By Rupi Mangat

The New Big 5 is an international initiative to create a New Big 5 (#NewBig5) of wildlife: the Big 5 of photography, not hunting. Shooting with a camera, not a gun. Check out this website and then vote for your five. The results will be announced later in the year. It’s open to all…young and old from any part of the world.

www.newbig5.com

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Not one but TWO new species of Sawsharks discovered in Zanzibar and Madagascar

Discovering a species in the 21st century is exciting but to discover two new species is super-exciting. 

By Rupi Mangat

Above: Artist’s impression of One of the newly discovered sixgilled sawshark species (Pliotrema kajae). Copyright: Simon Weigmann,

Published: The East African Nation media 11-17 April 2020

These bottom dwelling sharks support long saw-like snouts called rostrums with which they stun, rip and eat their prey. They are so new to science that they have never been photographed in the ocean!

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Endangered and little known: Roan antelope

By RUPI MANGAT

Above: The gate at Ruma National Park of the roan antelope. Copyright Rupi Mangat

Published: The East African Nation 14 April 2008

Only 40 surviving today – 2020.

If you think that only the African Rhino and elephant are endangered or a target of poachers, you are wrong. There are many other animals threatened with extinction who, unfortunately, are little known and rarely heard of.

Kenya’s roan antelope falls in this category. Today, this subspecies of the roan, Hippotragus equines langheldi, is only found in one tiny area in the world — Ruma National Park in western Kenya. At one time its territory stretched all the way from the Mara grasslands to Ruma. It was also found in other areas such as the Ithanga hills in Thika.

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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 until the forests were plundered to build boats and pyramids for the pharaohs, which heralded in the Saharan Sands.

Giraffes have globe trotted the earth since the Miocene era 23 million years ago when their range included Europe and Asia.

Engraving of giraffe in Afgaba gorge northern Kenya made around a thousand years ago by hunter gatherers who might have been Batwa.. Copyright David Coulson of Trust for African Rock Art TARA (800x527)
Engraving of giraffe in Afgaba gorge northern Kenya made around a thousand years ago by hunter gatherers who might have been Batwa.. Copyright David Coulson of Trust for African Rock Art TARA

“Giraffes appear more frequently than most other animals on rock art,” states David Coulson of the Trust for Africa Rock Art (TARA) that is a digital repository of Africa’s most important prehistoric rock art. “It is the earliest  artistic expressions of humankind, a window on how our ancestors related and interacted with nature and the natural world,” continues Coulson.

A Tuareg man by a 6,000 year life size engraving of giraffes in Niger. Copyright David Coulson of Trust for African Rock Art TARA (538x800)
A Tuareg man by a 6,000 year life size engraving of giraffes in Niger. Copyright David Coulson of Trust for African Rock Art TARA

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