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 eBird Global Big Day

By Rupi Mangat

Above: Grey crowned cranes in Lake Nakuru National Park. Copyright Rupi Mangat 

Published; The East African Nation media 23-29 May 2020

the big birding effort on May 9 2020

At the stroke of midnight on 9 May, more than 50,000 bird watchers from across the globe took to the outdoors for the next 24 hours to log in birds on their eBbird app https://ebird.org/globalbigday, birds that were seen or just heard by them. An extraordinary turnout given that much of the world was under some form of lockdown!

Long-crested eagle at Lake Nakuru. Copyright Rupi Mangat (800x600)
Long-crested eagle (logo of Nature Kenya) at Lake Nakuru. Copyright Rupi Mangat

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Exploring Kenya’s Northern Scapes

Above: Campfire at Melako community conservancy – Marsabit county. courtesy NRT

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

After COVID-19, escape to Kenya’s northern-scape or even now if you’re not in Nairobi or Mombasa during

By Rupi Mangat

It is from the shoulder of god’s mountain that you get that first unforgettable view of the land below that stretches into infinity. It’s the plains and peaks of the northern frontiers of Kenya that is so alive with peoples, wildlife and cultures unique to this part of the world, adapted to the searing sun and resilient flora.

Until 20 years ago most of it was unknown to the outside world until the success of Lewa Conservancy that became one of the first black rhino sanctuaries during the infamous poaching era that saw the country’s rhino numbers crash from 20,000 black rhino in the 1970s to fewer than 300 by the 1980s.

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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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Snows of Kilimanjaro from Tsavo West

Above; Snow-capped Kilimanjaro from Tsavo West Kitani bandas April 2020. Courtesy Severin Safari Lodge

Published: The East African Nation media

By Rupi Mangat

It was predicted that the snows of Kilimanjaro would vanish by 2020…but look at what’s happened

Kilimanjaro’s snow hat is perfectly on its head – that is on its dome-shaped Kibo also dubbed the roof of Africa because at 19,340 feet high, it’s the continent’s highest point.

Late March and the first surprise after leaving Diani famous for its powder white beach and blue warm water on Kenya’s South Coast was the mist covered peaks of Shimba Hills.  It was surreal watching from the ridge of the escarpment as the mist rose, warming up to the rising sun.

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