Mountains In Kenya

Mountains In Kenya

Mountains In Kenya. Some are famous and worldwide known. But some are still in low keys. An indication that Kenya is one of the best places to enjoy hiking/mountainreing/climbing, among other outdoor activities that need a mountain.

Let’s explore some of them.

Mount Kenya

It is the highest mountain in our country with several different peaks. The highest ones being the Batian, Nelson and Lenana peaks. Some of the peaks that make hiker and climbers proud of themselveswhen they manage to conquer them.

This mountain is surrounded by the Mount Kenya National Park.

Mount Elgon

It is located at the border of Kenya and Uganda. Allowing you an opportunity to enjoy two countries. It is also the second highest after the Mount Kenya.

Just like Mount Kenya, it is surrounded by the Mount Elgon National Park on the Kenyan side.

It’s a volcano mountain and has one of the largest calderas.

Mount Longonot

It’s a dormant volcano mountain which is heavily forested. And surrounded by national park. It’s considered to be a twin park to the Hell’s Gate National Park.

Mount Marsabit

It’s a volcano mountain surrounded by the Marsabit National Park.

Menengai

This one is found in my hometown, Nakuru. It’s a volcano mountain with one of the biggest calderas. I remember our older friends joking that the smoke coming out of the calderas was the devil burning the bad guys. Yet it was the locals burning charcoal.

Ol Donyo Eburru

It’s an active volcano mountain famously used by geothermal energ exploiters.

It’s surrounded by conservation areas such as the Soysambu Conservancy, Lake Elementaita as well as Lake Nakuru.

Ol Donyo Orok

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We are in a combustible Planet : Wild Fires

We are in a combustible Planet : Wild Fires

We are in a combustible Planet , hence the presence of Wild Fires in different continents from time to time.

This is due to factors such as :

  • Flora rich in carbon
  • The seasonal dry climates
  • Presence of oxygen in the atmosphere
  • Lightning
  • Volcanic activities
  • Human negligence while handling man-caused fires

According to nature and it’s ecosystem processes, these wild fires are very important for the growth and development of some plant species. This only applies to the natural wild fires. The ones that have not been contributed by human activities.

The need to manage forests and it’s vegetation. The involved parties may cause a managed wild fire. This helps to promote growth and reproduction of these vegetation. Get rid of the unwanted vegetation hence reducing the fuel build up. And avoid occurance of the natural wild fire than may get out of hand. Destroying more vegetation and even human life.

How can Humans contribute to wild fires

Humans can introduce these fires intentionally or unintentionally.

These means include:

  • Arson
  • Discarded cigarettes
  • Faulty power-lines
  • Sparks from equipment
  • Land clearing fires that spread to the nearby forests.

Our Mount Kenya has been burning for the last six days

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The Greater Apes: Chimpanzees

The Greater Apes: Chimpanzees

The greater apes include the chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans as well as the bonobos.

They are close relative species to humans. They have various similarities and brain developments in progress.

They are also one of the largest apes and have no tails. Unlike other wildlife species, they are able to make use of their hands for doing activities such as food gathering, carrying materials needed to build their nests, and are able to use tools. It’s a plus from their brain developments.

Just like humans, the great apes are omnivores. That is to say, they can feed on both plants and other living orgainism. But most of them prefer feeding on fruits.

They give birth to one offspring or twins in rare occasion. This is after carrying the pregnancy for approximately 8-9 months.

Let’s get to know about each of them and how we affect their survival.

Chimpanzees

They are biggest among the apes. They can weigh up to 65 kilograms and stand tall approximately 94 centimeters. Covered with a coarse black hair except on their face, palms of their hand, feet soles and toes. Just like humans.

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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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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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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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Spoilt kid

How do you help such kids, 
They have everything they desire,
Get attended to no matter how stupid their demand can be sometimes,
Everything is at there disposal.
They get so absorbed in their arrogant behaviors, 
And somehow forgets the reality of life,
They take everything and everyone for granted,
Hence care less about them.
They don't understand the pain or what it takes,  
For them to have what they have,
They see it as part of their life,
And should be there no matter what.
What happens when the providers are no more, 
No more money to throw around carelessly,
No more servants to boss around,
Time to face it head on on their own.
Who do they blame for their outcome? 
How do they survive the uncomfortable situation?
What will be their next move?

Its very sad to see such kids destroy their own life in front of your eyes. You may have given it few trials to save them from their arrogance. But they keep on ignoring you or worst of all, putting you off. And rudely tell you to your face that it’s their life. So they will live it as they please.