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.
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.
We have greater and lesser flamingos
They are the tallest and heaviest
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.
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.
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:
Land-dwelling species have declined by 40% since 1970.
Marine animal populations have fallen by 40%.
Birds populations are down 25%.
Freshwater animals have plummeted 75% since 1970.
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.
Leopard are the fastest felines as they can run up to to 58 km/h. The rosettes (dark spots that resemble the shape of a rose) on their coats makes them look very beautiful.
The rosette patterns are unique to each leopard. Leopards in East Africa tend to have circular rosettes while the ones in Southern Africa and Asia, have squarish rosettes.
Leopard subspecies include ;
Sri Lankan leopard
As we can tell, these subspecies are named according to the places they are found. Some of the species have gone extinct, vulnerable or threatened. This is due to majorly humans and both habitat lose and habitat fragmentation.
Leopard are adaptable to almost every environment.
Most of our wildlife parks and reserves in Kenya have leopards. The famous ones and known for their leopards include Samburu National Reserve and Maasai Mara National Reserves.
They are also found in the ice continent. There is where you get the amazing snow leopard.
More about the snow leopard in the next post.
Leopards are solitary animals. They only come together during mating.
Do you know that black panther is the other name for a melanistic leopard?
I hope the famous black panther movie gave something back to the wildlife. The name really helped their brand, and leopards qualify for some pat at the back.
Melanism do affect leopards do. It makes the rosettes invisible under the black coat.
FYI : Leopard’s coat colour varies based on the climate and habitats they occupy. They vary from pale yellow to yellowish brown or golden.
Apart from running very fast, leopards can leap as well as spring a height of 6 meters.
Ban on logging is still on and loggers have started wondering what’s next for them. They seemed to no longer agree to remain silent about it.
They argue that their contribution as timber production has an effect on our country’s GDP. In short cutting down our trees has more benefits than allowing to survive deforestation.
This takes us back to the priorities of investors when it comes to natural resources that seems to be beneficial when been done away with. We can equate it to the issuing of licences for trophy hunting.
It doesn’t matter what they contribute towards the GDP , ban logging should not be lifted any time soon. We should be able to attain the needed forest cover and even surpass it. Before we can think of allowing logging again.
Once we accomplish the goal to increase and save the forest cover. Logging should be controlled by very tough laws that will ensure it doesn’t takes us to the same mess.The public should be able to understand the importance of our forests. So that they can also provide a helping hand, in ensuring our forest are respected and conserved.
Who do you think natural resources belong to? Is it the public as stated by constitution in most countries? Or citizens of that particular area/location. Or individuals who think that it does belong to them.
From my understanding, natural resources belong to the public. Benefits obtained from them should be used enjoyed by all citizens. In that spirit, all the citizens are supposed to protect their natural resources.
I don’t think anyone or a group of people can claim complete ownership of a natural resource. A natural resource that does not need any human impact like water bodies, wildlife, indigenous flora species, among others. This is because the occurrence and existence is 100% natural. And only human interruption cause their depletion or destruction.
It will be also be mean and unacceptable to prevent other fellow citizens from accessing these natural resources. Just because they don’t occupy that particular location.
Giving back to the natural resources
Most us are only after enjoying the benefits that are brought to us by these natural resources. And care very little, if any, about the state of these resources.
Natural resources management is very vital for their existence in a long time. We should work extra hard to ensure that we reduce our negative impact towards them.
If we can apply the same energy and morale we usually have while protecting natural resources benefits. Right now we would not have anything to worry about our natural resource survival.
In Kenya, sometime back we had issues with oil revenue distribution problem. Whereby, the residents of the areas where the oil is being extracted, went to the roads. The demonstration had a strong impact, it even caught president’s and other politicians attention. Things were later resolved and agreement reached.
Then water scandal emerged. It gained politics and gave birth to different opinions.
From the two incidence, I wished it could be the same scenario when we are fighting for our other natural resources. Especially wildlife.
The SGR (Standard Gauge Railway) passed right through the Nairobi National Park despite conservationists efforts to make it stop…….
Just like humans, animals too have feelings. I was very happy when I saw billboards advising citizens to respect animals by not being cruel to them. They went ahead to show some of the actions considered cruel while handling animals.
Most people tend to assume that animals don’t feel anything . Or maybe what they may feel doesn’t matter or count. Hence end up mistreating them in awful ways.
Some of the acts may even be due to ignorance. Whereby the perpetrators has no idea of the consequences of their actions.
These actions include:
Feeding pets human foods.
Confiding pets in cages with environment that is not conducive