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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Introducing kids to the real wildlife in the wild

Introducing kids to the real wildlife in the wild

Do you have kids? Love interacting with them? Or even baby sit them for your friends, neighbours, family , among others.

Have you ever think about animation and their effect on kids?

Tv shows, movies and any other media contents is mainly animated. Almost everything in the kids world is in animation mode. Kids get an opportunity to be introduced to “animals” from their early age.

They are able to relate to the characters easily and end up having a good connection with animals. This might explain why kids easily connect with their pets.

They treat them with respect, see them as friends and will do anything to protect them. They don’t discriminate , as they will play with pets of other kids. They have a lot of love to share around. Maybe we share learn from them and kill all the hatred we hide inside our dark souls. That end up causing us to be tribalism, racist, terrorists, just to name a few.

I personally love animation with the many years that I have. I love cartoons too and definitely love babies. Still waiting to have some of my own some day.

The animation helps to create characters that helps to bring different behaviors out. There are both good and bad ones. A kid can easily judge an animal from what they see on their animation stuff.

Who doesn’t love the chipmunks? And Alvin and the chipmunks (chippettes) help to elaborate how sweet they are . What about the RIO, the sweet singing stylish macaw (blu). Just to name a few.

They end up knowing animals to be just like others. But get corrupted when they grow older. Sad.

Have you heard the assumption that animals no matter how dangerous they may be rarely hurt kids?

It has been said, filmed or even looked into. And many tend to believe that animals will rarely harm kids when they cross roads.

Maybe its because unlike older people, they don’t panic hence not producing adrenaline that cause us to wanna protect ourselves. By either running away, hitting back at animals or doing anything that will get us out of such situations.

For them, it will be just relating to their characters in real life. So they animals will end up not seeing them as a threat .

Wow! I already missed being a baby.

Start with baby steps

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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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The Tallest Animals Are in Danger.

The tallest animals are in danger. The giraffes in our planet are facing danger of being extinct.

Yes, sadly giraffes may leave us very soon. Unfortunately they are not being given same concentration as species such as the elephants and rhinos.

Did you ?

  • Giraffes have already gone extinct in some countries such as Eritrea, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Malawi, Mauritania, and Senegal.
  • They are nine species of giraffes:
  • 5 species are declining in numbers.
  • 2 species are improving in terms of their population.
  • 1 species is stable.
  • 1 species is already critically endangered.
  • In the last 30 years, we have lost 40% of our giraffes.

What is contributing to the giraffe decline?

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Our Coins Our Heritage

Our coins our heritage. That’s right. That has been the song in our media devices as Central Bank of Kenya make Kenyans aware of the new coins.

Yes, our president revealed the new coins few days ago. No more presidents’ faces on our coins. I like the idea and tend to think it will bring good luck to the Kenyan wildlife.

The coins are as follows :

  • Sh1: Bears the image of a giraffe
  • Sh5: Bears the image of a rhino
  • Sh10: Bears the image of a lion
  • Sh20: Bears the image of an elephant.

Read the full article here.

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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Wildlife destinations in Africa that you need to check out

Wildlife destinations in Africa you need to check out. It’s holiday season and travelling is one of the things that makes it more merrier.

It’s that time of the year where families come together. Or you get an opportunity to have some quality me time if you prefer your own company. All in all, it’s time to just relax and have some good time.

Beaches and big hotels maybe most preferred by many. Enjoying some vitamin D and sand bathing. What if you still get that vitamin D and get to make awesome memories. This is because Africa is hot, literally hot. Vitamin D from the sun is everywhere every day at least twelve hours.

Africa is still developing, so most of it is still in its raw state. Developments are yet to cover all places. So you will be able to get an insight of how things ran many years ago in its remote places. Simply, Africa is full of surprises and very welcoming to everyone in the world.

That said, what are some of these places can you be able to enjoy all these.

Here we go:

Kenya

Chyulu hills

It hosts the greatest wildlife estate called Maasai Mara National Reserve. Also known as one of the best wildlife destination in the world. The Maasai Mara Reserve is also where the greatest wildebeest migration takes place.

It’s a home to a variety and good number of national parks and reserves. Not forgetting the historical sites, cultural centres, sanctuaries, nature parks, mountains, among others.

Tanzania

Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s the other half of the greatest wildebeest migration. A home to some of largest herds of wildlife mammals.

For beach lovers, Zanzibar offers you exactly that. And a lot of history to learn from.

Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park

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Where do we stand as a planet?

Where do we stand as a planet? In terms of natural resources and health of our atmosphere. Do you have any idea? Or have any clue?

Unfortunately some people don’t believe in science or their research. Hence ignoring all the reports given regarding anything. Am not sure what they use to understand the changes we have been experiencing as a planet.

Climate change and global warming are no longer theories. Their effects are heavily being experienced all over the world:

The oceans are becoming warmer each day.

  • Sea levels are rising.
  • The poles are melting at an alarming rate.
  • Rainy seasons and patterns have greatly changed and disappeared in some places.
  • Species are getting extinct each single day.
  • Temperatures have risen as the ozone layer continue becoming thinner as days goes by.

So what are some of the major changes in our planet:

  1. Land-dwelling species have declined by 40% since 1970.
  2. Marine animal populations have fallen by 40%.
  3. Birds populations are down 25%.
  4. Freshwater animals have plummeted 75% since 1970.
  5. 50% of the world’s coral reefs have died in the last 30 years.

These stats are really worrying and alarming. It also shows that if nothing is done urgently and we continue to contribute negatively to our planet. Then we will kill it sooner than we thought. Mother nature is at its final kicks and we need t resuscitate her.

How do we save our planet?

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What is Blue economy?

What is blue economy? What does it entail?

The Blue economy conference for 2018 kicked off two days ago and will be concluding today. It brought many nations, organisation and people together.

Let’s get to understand what it entails

In general terms, it is use of marine environment for its economic value. Include activities such as fishing, marine tourism, marine sport, transport,among others.

Did you know?

  • Oceans covers 72% of our planet surface.
  • Ocean helps to both generate oxygen and absorbs carbon dioxide. Its literally gives us life just like trees.
  • Oceans recycle nutrients and regulates global climate and temperature.
  • Ocean provide employment and source of food.

Humans are known to take more than needed when it comes to exploiting resources. Especially natural resources. Hence needs to be put on check before they can cause depletion of whatever they are exploiting.

And that’s where the blue economy conference comes in. It is used as a tool to ensure sustainable exploitation of marine resources. As well as ensuring that environment is well taken care of.

According to World Wildlife Fund, Blue economy means use of marine and its resources for sustainable economic developments.

They are geared to promote three key agenda, which includes:

  1. Overall contribution of the marine environment to economies.
  2. Addressing the environmental and ecological sustainability of the marine environment.
  3. Blue economy as a growth opportunity for both developed and developing countries.

Which are some of potential for blue economy?

  • Marine biotechnology and bio-prospecting
  • Aquaculture
  • Seabed extraction
  • Renewable energy
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Existence of biodiversity

Challenges

  • Over-exploitation of marine resources.
  • Illegal undertakings in oceans , that is, illegal fishing, use of illegal equipment.
  • Waste disposal to the oceans. There’s inadequate care for marine environment and its ecosystem.
  • Piracy activities.

Snippet of the Blue Economy Conference 2018

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