Hippo dung helps dragonflies, fish


This video is called Inside Nature’s Giants- Hippo.

From New Scientist:

Hippo dung is health food for river animals

18:45 15 April 2015 by Jessica Hamzelou

Don’t just flush it away. Just as one person’s trash is another’s treasure, hippo dung seems to be a valuable source of nutrition for the animals’ aquatic neighbours.

By injecting millions of tons of faeces into African waters every year, hippos may be providing a vital link between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.

Douglas McCauley of the University of California in Santa Barbara and his colleagues compared fish and dragonfly larvae in two river pools in Kenya‘s Laikipia district, one inhabited by hippos and the other hippo-free.

They found components of hippo dung in the tissues of dragonfly larvae that lived alongside the animals year round. During the dry season, fish absorbed faecal nutrients as well, while levels in dragonfly larvae increased.

The team thinks that during the wet season, high rainfall dilutes the hippos’ waste and faster-flowing rivers also wash away dung before animals can access it.

As climate change and development in east Africa continue to affect local rivers, it will be important to consider how the benefits of hippo excrement can be preserved.

Journal reference: Ecosphere, doi.org/3nv

Baby elephant born in Kenya, video


This video from Kenya says about itself:

Edie’s second wild born baby, Eden

3 April 2015

On 15th March Edie returned to the stockade along with the rest of Emily’s unit dragging a loose wire snare around her leg which she allowed the keepers to easily remove.

They were however concerned about Edie’s unusual behavior since she kept intermittently lying down and seemed exhausted. Little did they know that she was in fact in labour!

Read the full story here.

Saving lions in Kenya


This video says about itself:

Lion Protector: Biologist Helps Big Cats and People Coexist

15 December 2014

The fewer than 2,000 lions left in Kenya face many threats, including retaliatory killings by herders who lose livestock to the big cats. National Geographic 2014 Emerging Explorer and conservation biologist Shivani Bhalla started a nonprofit, Ewaso Lions, to help herders learn to live with lions—giving the big cats their best chance of survival.

Saving Hirola antelopes in Kenya


This video says about itself:

9 January 2013

Learn about the plight of the world’s most endangered antelope, the Hirola, and what is being done to keep them from extinction! This short video showcases an interview with passionate Kenyan conservationist, Ian Craig, and the team from the Ishaqbini Community Conservancy. It’s inspiring to see what can be achieved when a caring few come together to protect their natural heritage. By Giovanna Fasanelli.

From Wildlife Extra:

Good news in the crusade to save the endangered Hirola antelope

The critically endangered Hirola is the last living representative of an evolutionary lineage that originated over three million years ago. The surviving herds of fewer than 240 individuals only live along the Kenya-Somalia border, inhabited by the Pokomo community and Ishaqbini Conservancy.

Resembling a hybrid of Impala and Hartebeest, the Hirola is instantly recognisable by its trademark white “spectacles”.

In 2006, the Ishaqbini Hirola Community Conservancy was established by The Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT), The Nature Conservancy, the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), and community partners to protect Hirola.

Rangers began anti-poaching and wildlife monitoring activities and were able to eliminate poaching within the 19,000-hectare conservancy. A predator-proof sanctuary was then built and 48 Hirola were successfully translocated to the sanctuary in August 2012.

Ishaqbini is home to Somali pastoralists who voluntarily established this dedicated area for Hirola, assisted with the translocation, and continue to play a crucial role. The people of Ishaqbini have been quietly conserving this landscape for centuries and regard the Hirola as a blessing.

With poaching under control and habitat improving, the Hirola population began to show signs of recovery. A recent survey has shown that in fewer than three years 34 Hirola have been born in the sanctuary.

“A lot of people may not view 34 births in three years as significant, but with fewer than 240 Hirola left in the world we’re talking about the difference between survival and extinction,” said Matthew Brown, Africa Deputy Director, The Nature Conservancy.

“Without immediate action like this community partnership, a mammal would go extinct for the first time on mainland Africa in modern human history.”

Additionally, the other wild animals in the sanctuary such giraffes, zebras, Lesser Kudu, Gazelles, Ostrich and many others are significantly multiplying.

Elephants have made their way into the sanctuary for the first time, and there is now an elephant family of eight settled in their new secured habitat.

The project’s long-term goal is to release animals bred within the sanctuary back into the free-ranging population, ultimately building a viable population that is equipped to cope with natural levels of predation and competition.