Let’s Go to the Kingwal Swamp

Let’s Go to the Kingwal Swamp

Let’s go to the Kingwal Swamp. I have been thinking about it for some time and I think it’s time I seriously squeeze it into my next adventures. Stay tuned, I will share how it will unfold. For now, let us get to know a little about this swamp.

Where is Kingwal Swamp found?

It is a wetland located in Nandi County off the Eldoret-Kisumu highway. Covers approximately 10,000 hectares that includes some part of the land donated by the community to the wildlife.

It is a home for the rare and endangered semi-aquatic antelope species, Sitatunga. As well as different species of birds and reptiles.

It’s main source of water is the river Keses.

It’s uniqueness

It is believed to have the largest population of the endangered Sitatunga in the world.

Therefore a very important home for these disappearing antelopes.

The communities and involved bodies are working together to ensure these species don’t get extinct.

What can we enjoy at the Kingwal Swamp

Enjoy viewing and spotting wildlife. The swamp hosts a wide variety of wildlife. Although for the Sitatungas, you may miss them as they are very shy and secretive.

Being a wetland, birds can be easily found in the areas. Hence one of the best spot for bird watchers.

Hiking. It has several trails that you can take long nature walks.

Its located within the Nandi community allowing you a chance to enjoy their cultures.

What do you think?

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Jim Nyamu: The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu : The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu, this thehe man who literally walks for elephants. He has travelled hundreds of miles and crossed several borders on foot for the sake of the elephants.

Who is Jim Nyamu?

His full names being Jim Justus Nyamu.

He is a wildlife conservationist based in Nairobi, Kenya. As well as an elephant research scientist, no wonder he knows so much about elephants.

He is the executive director at the Elephant Neighbour Center and a leader of Ivory Belong to Elephants movement.

You can read more about his organization at http://elephantcenter.org/

He is a man of the people and gets along with everyone. He will freely interact with the communities and this is evident when huge masses welcomes him into their countries during his walks. Very humble and passionate about the jumbos.

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Jim Nyamu : The Man Who literally Walks for Elephants

Jim Nyamu, this thehe man who literally walks for elephants. He has travelled hundreds of miles and crossed several borders on foot for the sake of the elephants.

Who is Jim Nyamu?

His full names being Jim Justus Nyamu.

He is a wildlife conservationist based in Nairobi, Kenya. As well as an elephant research scientist, no wonder he knows so much about elephants.

He is the executive director at the Elephant Neighbour Center and a leader of Ivory Belong to Elephants movement.

You can read more about his organization at http://elephantcenter.org/

He is a man of the people and gets along with everyone. He will freely interact with the communities and this is evident when huge masses welcomes him into their countries during his walks. Very humble and passionate about the jumbos.

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Exploring the beautiful Flamingos

Exploring the beautiful Flamingos at the shores of the Lakes.

Exploring the beautiful Flamingos at the shores of the Lakes. The pink line that steals our heart many miles away. Did you know that that line was a colony of flamboyance. Is it that amazing?

Lets know a little bit of these flamingos

Flamingoes are wading birds distributed throughout America Africa, Asia, and Europe. They are known to standing on one of their leg while the one is tucked beneath their bodies.

Did you know that their colour would reveal how healthy they are?

Their pink or reddish color comes from carotenoids of animal and plants plankton in their diet.

Flamingos

A well-fed, healthy flamingo is more vibrantly colored, thus a more desirable mate. It can be white or pale if unhealthy or malnourished. Captive flamingos are a notable exception, they may turn a pale pink if they are not fed carotene at levels comparable to the wild.

Flamingos are filter feeders and mostly feed on the blue-green algae and other creatures found in the water bodies.

They are filter feeders
They are filter feeders

We have greater and lesser flamingos

Greater flamingos

They are the tallest and heaviest

Lesser flamingos

Shorter and weigh less than their counter parts.

Something interesting to learn about Flamingos in Kenya

In Kenya, they can be found in Lake Nakuru, Lake Elmentaita, Lake Bogoria as well as Lake Magadi.

Lake Nakuru National Park
Lake Nakuru National Park

They prefer to breed at the Lake Natron in Tanzania. Hence known as their breeding site.

They migrate in huge colonies forming a beautiful V shape in the skies.

Their movements and migration are dictated by need for food or breeding. If the lake lacks enough food, they will gladly migrate to the greener pasture.


Conservation status

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Understanding Planet as an Ecosystem

Understanding Planet as an Ecosystem.

Understanding Planet as an Ecosystem. Earth is an ecosystem as a larger scale.

What is an ecosystem?

Ecosystem refers to an interconnected system.

It’s a biological community that involves interactions between the organisms and their physical environment.

These organisms include humans, animals, micro-organisms, etc. Anything that qualifies to be a living organism.

There are various types of ecosystems. Namely:

  • Forest Ecosystems
  • Grassland Ecosystems
  • Desert Ecosystems
  • Tundra Ecosystems
  • Freshwater Ecosystems
  • Marine Ecosystems

These ecosystems have been classified as per their vegetation types and nature, climatic conditions as well as water type.

They can be subdivided into various other groups when being very specific of an ecosystem in a particular area.

What connects living organisms and their physical environment ?

They are connected by the nutrients cycles and energy flows.

Everything in our planet depend on another thing for basic needs such as food, habitat, reproduction, dispersal, etc.

What happens to this ecosystem when one species is destroyed or goes extinct?

As we have seen we are a connected system. So our survival and quality of life relies on the connections among us. So when one thing is removed, we will surely feel the inbalance.

Food chain vs Food Web in the ecosystem

Foodchain is a linear sequence of organisms which starts from producer organisms and ends with decomposer species. While foodweb is a connection of multiple food chains and follows different lines.

Food web helps understands representation of the energy flow through different organisms in an ecosystem.

In both food chains and food webs, we have producers, consumers and decomposers.

If producers reduced, consumers will have nothing to consume and decomposers will have alot to decompose due to high rates of death as a result of hunger.

The producers need help from insects and other animals so as to disperse, fertilise and reproduce. If these organisms are not present to aid in this process. Producers will eventually die. So there will be no production of food. And the effects will be felt along the chain and web.

Are humans affected directly by the extinction of species in our ecosystem ?

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Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet

Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet

Nature and Wildlife are the beauty of our planet. From the colorful colors and unique shapes. Have you ever seen an “ugly’ tree, flower or even wildlife.

Everything in the natural world is beautiful due to the beauty added by wildlife and flora.

Their beauty have inspired our fashion

Most of the fabrics resemble patterns of both flora and fauna (plants and animals).

Who doesn’t love animal prints. From the amazing stripes resembling zebras, the unique dots inspired by cheetahs, leopards, just to name a few.

This is also one of the threat facing wildlife. Because we not only copy their style, but end up killing them for it. To get a snake skinned bag, or a pouch made of girraffe hide, mats and coats from wildlife fur.

We are allowed to copy cat their style but not kill them. Fur, hide and skin belongs to them. And not to be used for our shoes, bags, coats, etc.

Their beauty offer the best interior and exterior designs

Have you ever visited a place whose decorations and design has been inspired by nature or wildlife. From the furniture, walls, roofing and simply everything in them.

There’s this place where the owner ha constructed an artificial waterfall. He has all kind of colorful birds which have roofless houses. Hence can be able to fly away when they want. An aquarium and all the furniture are from trees at their raw state. No smoothing has been done .

Spending a weekend there is the best idea you can ever have. Allows you to experience nature at a whole other new level.

Gone are the days when we had the boring walls painted of one color. Nowadays, we are not afraid to add more color.

We are also introducing live plants into our living rooms, hotels and any places we spend time at.

Just to confirm how nature brings more than colour into our lives.

They offer companion and more

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Twisted Conservation Education and Awareness

Twisted Conservation Education and Awareness.

Why are we confusing the local communities and other kind hearted people from all corners of this amazing planet?

Conservation is being turned into a jackpot for mining money. And people are applying all cruel means they can think of. Wildlife and innocent people are being lied to, their resources stolen, and many other awful things.

How did we get there?

Few years ago, not many knew or understood much about conservation. Most wildlife were abundance and safe from danger. It was not of necessity.

Then we started to over-use the natural resources. We took more than the nature could regenerate. And in the process, started to loss some of these resources for good. They disappeared forever and in return gave reason torecheck how we used these resources. Giving birth to conservation.

Conservation was not well received and still not yet close to most people’s heart. Since it meant reduced resources harvesting and that meant reduced dollars. No one likes that, everyone love making more and not less.

Embracing of conservation as well as its education and awareness spreading

Genuine conservationists used everything they had to ensure it survived all the opposition. They ensure to reach the most affected places and helped the locals understand importance of protecting natural resources surrounding them. In the process, the rest saw and appreciated their efforts. Hence conservation gained some good roots to withstand opposition from those against it.

Conservationist either do it as individuals, groups or even organizations. The aim being to consolidate their efforts and fight whatever that was derailing conservation success. After all, more than one head is better while solving problems. But something started to go south ways.

So what is this twisted conservation education an awareness am talking about?

Do you donate to wildlife fund organizations? Or support conservationists/local communities? Or any activities that is meant to support wildlife welfare.

I guess most of us do so or something close to that. And we do so because we love wildlife and wish to have them longer. For the future generations and ensuring that our planet don’t loss these treasure. We all give and contribute what we have for the love of wildlife.

And that’s how twisted conservation found it ways into our already destroyed and vulnerable planet.

Sadly, a group of evil people have realized how to use wildlife for their benefits. They are ripping off these donations and funds for their own benefits. And some going to an extent of harming wildlife they are supposedly expected to protect. Or misusing local communities resources.

Most of the time, the local don’t know much about conservation of the wildlife surrounding them. And some already have a cold shoulder towards them due to human-wildlife conflicts. So when we manage to convince them to join conservation ride, it’s a milestone. So what happens when they are convinced by the “fake and evil” conservationists?

These evil people have disgraced true conservation and justice for wildlife. Conservation is already a hard and yet to be embraced in most corners. Twisted conservation seem to be penetrating pretty fast.

Currently in Kenya, there’s an organisation being accused of stealing elephants valves from their mothers. So that they can pretend to have saved them as orphans.

It all started here.

Here are the links to some cries from several conservationists about this recovery.

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Let’s speak up for our wildlife

Let’s speak up for our wildlife.

Someone somewhere will hear you and action on it. And if you are in a position to act on it yourself, then speak up and action.

Information and knowledge is spread and acquired by speaking up. You only get to know or learn more about something/one by reading or listening to some information. Someone may have researched about it and shared it on the million platforms we have nowadays.

How can you get your conservation voice heard out here?

  • It may including:
  • Start from where your are. Make it your habit to always include such information in your daily conversations. From the simple talks with your kids, siblings,parents, or anyone living within your home.
  • Speaking out verbally wherever you are. May it be in a bus, the streets or even during a get together event.
  • Writing it down and sharing. For those who rather pen it down, then write as mush as you could. Do you best to pass your information through your writings.
  • Join forums and platforms dedicated to conservation. They are everywhere and trying to connect with as many people as possible. Join them and air out your opinions. Gains more and share it back home.

It’s never in vain, they will get your message and action on it

Do you remember the article I wrote passing across my thoughts on a public bench writings I saw? Alternatively you can get it here.

I was not pleased on how they concentrated on the amount attracted by the wildlife parts sale. Rather than tell people the reasons to conserve that species. Readers gave me great thoughts and support through comments and sharing the article. And guess what? They just added another similar advertisement to a nearby public bench.

This time round, they wrote about elephants. They didn’t mention the worth of the ivory or anything that would indicate revenue collected from their sale. Instead deeply pointed out the important reasons we should protect elephants and how their poaching has affected us. This is great news.

So yes, your information will somehow make its way to the intended parties. As long as you speak up.

Read the full article here.

Does a repeated or ignored mistake turn to be a good thing?

Does a repeated or ignored mistake turn to be a good thing?

Whereby you keep repeating a mistake previously made by someone else. Or choose to ignored it all together since no one seem to ask you about it. And when they eventually ask you about it, you work hard to justify your wrong doings.

What point am I trying to clear out here?

This is the exact scenario happening in most countries where people have encroached or grabbed wildlife land. Maybe its their relatives or someone else or even themselves that stole that land. Knowing very well that it doesn’t belong to them.

Years passed by and no one seem to question them. So they either stole more or started getting comfortable and brave about such land. They went ahead to turn this land to farms, ranch, built permanent structures and fenced it.

Basically, they offered themselves ownership rights. They decided for themselves to grab the wildlife land and turn it to be theirs.

The brilliant ones that knew something may happen someday. And they risk ‘losing’ the stolen land. They collaborated with corrupt officials, politicians or some people in power. And generated fake / ‘original’ papers to convince the rest of us that the land rightful belongs to them.

That being not enough, some went ahead and sold the land to other parties. Who may or may not have knowledge of the circumstances associated with this land.

How many mistakes do we have so far?

  • Someone stole wildlife land hence misplaced the occupants (Wildlife).
  • Human-wildlife conflict results. No living organisms gives up their space without a fight.
  • The stolen land forced the culprits to forge ownership papers.
  • An innocent person buys a stolen land unintentionally.

So how do they justify these mistakes?

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What do you think about Trade of Live Wildlife?

What do you think about trade of live wildlife? Is it ethical or deserve any legal backing whatsoever?

I saw it in one of my friend’s tweets. That some Africa countries are working towards legalising trade of live wildlife. And the thought of it has been eating me up ever since. I have tried to research and get to know more about it. Results made me more sick and angry.

This is renewed slavery

If you studied history somewhere while at school. You might have come across study about the slaves. Even movies do show how slavery trade was conducted.

Most of the slaves came from the developing countries. They would be transported under harsh conditions and mostly against their will.

Most of the slaves lost their lives in the oceans before making it to their destinations. Some succumbed to diseases as a result of change of climate among other foreign stuff introduced to them.

Same is happening to the wildlife now.

There’s a logic reasons why each wildlife is found and located where they are. They have gradually adopted to their environment.

What happens when we introduce them to a foreign land? Mostly they die. And why do we do that to them? What is so complicated about respecting our wildlife.

It’s clear that most of the live wildlife trade is illegal. And now some organisation is trying to legalise it. In short, give more power to the monsters. A free ticket for death of our wildlife.

What happens when a live wildlife is transported to a foreign land?

  • If they are unable to adapt to the new environment , they die. There will be need to replace these dead wildlife. So more of them will be stolen. You can imagine that impact on their population.
  • The health state. Do we even consider the effect of the new changes to the animals? How does it affect them psychologically? Just like humans, they do feel changes imposed on them. And sadly, they do experience stress too.
  • Limited resources. These wildlife are being introduced to a land that already has its own wildlife. And the new comers do come with their own food or habitat. They end up competing with the earlier owners.
  • Depending on the strength and degree of adaptability. The new wildlife may end up wiping out the existing wildlife. Power of invasive species. Read more about the effects of exotic species on indigenous species here.
  • Their transportation gives them 1% chance of survival. Being an illegal trade, these wildlife are transported in worst ways you can imagine of. To avoid being caught. And as I result, most of these wildlife die during the transport process.
  • They end up getting extinct. Most people will only buy something that is rare. This is true in live wildlife trade. The endangered and rare species are the victims here. And as result of this live wildlife illegal trade, they will soon get extinct.

Can we do anything to help?

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How does climate change affect wildlife?

How does climate change affect wildlife? Are they safer than humans, or worst off ?

Wildlife seems to be the unlucky species lately in this planet. They almost have enemies from all angles. Yet they can do very little if any for themselves. To make the survival a success.

They suffer:

  • Habitat fragmentation and loss. Their land is been encroached from all sides each passing day. Hence reducing in size and quality.
  • Poaching and hunting. For many unqualified reasons, they lose their lives. Humans have been known to kill wildlife for their body parts, as source of food and worst as a form of entertainment.
  • Such to name a few…

So how does climate change affect wildlife?

Climate change is the new “world war iv”. It’s killing and destroying this planet at an alarming rate. With its power and discard among humans, it’s winning in various ways.

But as we come together and speak in one uniform voice. Adhere to the agreements and actions agreed upon, maybe we can save our home, planet earth.

Some of the ways climate change affect wildlife includes:

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