This video from Kenya says about itself:
18 January 2018
Male lion hilariously trying not to get his paws wet
19 nov. 2017
Clearly this lion knows nothing about physics nor was he thinking ahead!! He jumped into position to quench his thirst. Then he realized when he finished drinking that it was going to be a problem to get back without getting his feet wet in the puddle he had avoided in jump stretching into position in the first place. Hilarious!! He looked very embarrassed slinking off afterwards.
This video from Kenya says about itself:
22 October 2012
The Dakatcha Woodland is home to more than 20,000 people from the Watha and Giriama communities. A jatropha plantation threatens to evict them from their land and destroy their livelihoods. Kahindi Pekeshe, a village elder, and Henzanani Merakini, a mother with small children, describe the impact on their communities.
17 Oct 2017
Local conservation action reducing poverty in coastal Kenya
By Nature Kenya
The Dakatcha woodland near the town of Malindi on Kenya’s coast covers a wide tract of dry forests and dense undergrowth interposed with farmland. It is the only site outside the Arabuko-Sokote forest where the endangered Clarke’s Weaver bird is known to occur. The woodland also holds significant populations of the Sokoke Pipit bird and other globally endangered birds.
Dakatcha Woodland’s forest supplies water, protects the soil from erosion, shelters unique animals and plants, and provides environmental services directly beneficial to the local people. However, this Important Bird Area (IBA) is under threat from communities that rely on the forest for livelihood. The growing population in surrounding communities depends on the forest resources for their economic, energy and construction needs. This has put pressure on the forest with many people encroaching on it for arable land – their most valuable resource. The land has also been earmarked for large scale commercial agricultural projects.
In 2009, NatureKenya (BirdLife Partner in Kenya) supported 13 self-help groups to form a larger community group that works to protect the natural resources of Dakatcha woodland in such a way that benefits people in the various communities living in and around the site. The group known as the Dakatcha Woodland Conservation Group (DWCG) has since worked to preserve the forest resources and improve the livelihoods of the local population.
The group has managed to educate people about protecting their environment and developed project proposals that support livelihood improvement for local communities. They do this through advocacy, institutional development, environmental education, infrastructure development, livelihood improvement, biodiversity monitoring and research.
Fifteen members of the DWCG representing the different self-help groups received training on biodiversity monitoring and have actively volunteered their services to assist researchers and provide data on birds. The monitoring team contributed significantly to the discovery of a breeding site for Clarke’s Weavers breeding in Dakatcha. The community has carved out 10,000 hectares of forest as Community Conserved Areas (CCAs) for biodiversity protection with Clarke’s weavers used as the flagship species being conserved.
Driving local conservation action
With huge support from Nature Kenya, the Kilifi County government and other stakeholders in Kenya, DWCG has initiated and actively participated in several conservation actions. They have used resources from the European Union-Community Development Trust Fund (EU-CDTF) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to build the capacity of the 13 self-help groups on leadership and organizational capacity, thus enhancing their role as conservation ambassadors in Dakatcha. Participating households have also used the knowledge gained from the training to improve their day to day lives in the community.
As local leaders in the conservation of natural resources the Dakatcha group drives conservation agendas without much resistance from the community and have been consulted by several stakeholders on environmental issues that touch on the Dakatcha woodland.
The group runs an environmental education programme in communities and have created teams to promote it in schools through wildlife clubs. Ten wildlife clubs are active in Dakatcha now and have been linked to the Wildlife Club of Kenya.
DWCG also manages a resource centre known as the Marafa Resource Centre with a rich library of reading material and films about the environment, as well as a conference hall for meetings. There is also a section for the processing of honey for commercial use.
To reduce the pressure on forest resources and provide alternative sources of income to the local population, the Dakatcha woodland conservation group has modernized and expanded beekeeping with modern langstroth beehives acquired with funding from the EU-CDTF.
They have also trained local ecotourism guides to promote tourism and attract tourists to major attractions in Dakatcha such as Hell’s Kitchen. The Hell’s Kitchen Tour Operators Association secured Kshs 2 million (about US$ 20,000) grant from the Kenya Coastal Development Project (KCDP) and used it to further develop the ecotourism attractions and facilities.
“We are 27 local guides on the site. We generate approximately KES 1,620,000.00 annually from visitors. Part of this money is given to needy children as bursaries, we use part as running costs and the guides get a fraction. I feed my family, pay fees for my five children and take care of other household needs from money earned as ecotourism guide,” said Kazungu Thuva, leader of the Hell’s Kitchen tour operators association.
Through the DWCG the Dakatcha Community Forest Association (DCFA) was formed. This community group was recognized and mandated by the 2016 Kenya Forest Act to be part of participatory forest management. The association has actively advocated against the conversion of sections of Dakatcha woodland into jatropha plantations.
Sunday, 06 August 2017 12:58
ANOTHER WHITE (LEUCISTIC) GIRAFFE SIGHTING IN THE HIROLA’S RANGE!
Early june this year, reports of a white baby giraffe and its mother were reported to us by the rangers who got the report from one of the villagers adjacent to the Ishaqbini conservancy. We hurriedly headed to the scene as soon as we got the news. And lo! There, right in front of us, was the so hyped ‘white giraffe’ of Ishaqbini conservancy! They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signalling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes – a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young.
While observing the magnificent long-necked animal looking at us, I could not but help see the fading reticulates on their skin! It was evident that the coloration especially on the mother giraffe was not as conspicuous as on the baby. The question that lingered in my mind was if the fading on the skin was something that happened at birth or thereafter in the adult giraffe life? This is because the baby giraffe had very conspicuous reticulates but with a small tinge of the white coloration that seemed to continue fading away leaving the baby white as it approaches adulthood.
White giraffe sightings or leucistic giraffe as they are better known have become more frequent and common nowadays. In fact, the only two known sightings have been made in Kenya and Tanzania. The very first reports of a white giraffe in the wild was reported in January 2016 in Tarangire National park, Tanzania; a second sighting was again reported in March 2016 in Ishaqbini conservancy, Garissa county, Kenya.
As a matter of fact, these sightings have become a common occurrence in the hirola’s geographic range that the communities in these areas (especially within our conservancies) have become so excited to a point where everybody has been participating in reporting the sighting of these magnificent animals! But the question that lingers in the minds of many is, is the giraffe white or what’s up with its coloration? Experts have explained that the condition is known as leucism, which results in the partial loss of the pigmentation of the giraffe’s original color. In this very sighting, in Ishaqbini, there was a mother and a juvenile. The communities within Ishaqbini have mixed reactions to the sighting of this leucistic giraffe and most of the elders report that they have never seen this before. ‘This is new to us” says Bashir one of the community rangers who alerted us when they sighted the white giraffe. “I remember when I was a kid, we never saw them” he added. “It must be very recent and we are not sure what is causing it” he said.
An extremely rare white giraffe and her baby calf were spotted in Kenya.
7 September 2017