What Do You Know About Foxes?

What Do You Know About Foxes?

What Do You Know About Foxes? Are fixed dogs or cats? Beyond their cute fur covering their body and long bushy tail. As well as the qualities attached to them, they are not good pets. Taming them has never perfectly worked. I guess it’s a sign that wildlife should just simply be left to remain in the wild. And left to occupy and live in their natural habitats.

Foxes

They are somehow small to medium omnivores that are dog-like. But not dogs. Mainly feeding on the inverbrates, small vertebrates, as well as plants and eggs.

They have a flattened skull, upright triangular ears, a pointed, slightly upturned snout, and a long bushy tail.

Leach is the term used to describe a group of foxes. While a male fox may be referred to as a tod and a female one as the vixen. The little ones are cubs/pups/kits.

They are several species of foxes but only 12 of them are considered to be true foxes. They include:

  • Red Fox
  • Gray Fox
  • Arctic Fox
  • Fennec Fox
  • Kit Fox
  • Swift Fox
  • Blanford’s Fox
  • Cape Fox / Silver-backed Fox
  • Corsa Fox
  • Tibetan Fox
  • Ruppell’s Fox
  • Bengal Fox/ Indian Fox

They are widely spread across the world. And belong to the same family as the wolves and jackals.

They have a very short lifespan

They can manage to live up to 10 years.

Unlike some dog families that are very social. Foxes may live solitary or be engaged in very small family groups.

Conservation status

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Understanding the National Climate Change Action Plan

Did you know that Kenya has a National Climate Change Action Plan?

Did you know that Kenya has a National Climate Change Action Plan? Yes we have one, that runs for five years. Full of solutions on how to curb climate change in our country.

Roles played by this National Climate Action Plan

  • It provides our country with a guideline to accomplish our commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Which is an international body responsible for helping our planet get solutions for climate change effects.
  • Give us guidelines on how to live with climate change.
  • Offer support while dealing with how we carry out our development activities. Putting in check negative human impacts during such developments.
  • Helps us work on ways to reduce amounts of green house gases we are producing.

Who are involved in this Action Plan?

It’s made up of scientist, analysts, climate change researchers, international organisation representatives, people from ministries that deal with environmental issues, among others.

These people were able to first evaluate climate change impact in our country. Noting the damage already done. So as to come up with adaptation and mitigation measures. That will help reduce the climate change effects.

Almost all parts in the country had some research done in them. And the most affected noted. These are areas that the mitigation measures got applied to first. And the result has been amazing.

People’s response towards National Change Action Plan

  • Through the climate change awareness platforms, people were able to help coming up with ideas to curb climate change.
  • They were able to change waste into useful products.
  • Embraced practices that aided in reduction of greenhouse gases emission.

So far they have been positive progress made and a lot is yet to be done.

So far we have two National Climate Change Action Plan (NCCAP)

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Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022)

Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022)

Kenya’s 2nd National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022). It’s basically a continuation and a comprehensive version of the 1st National Climate Change Action Plan of 2013 – 2017.

This Action Plan first identified priory areas that helped shape the details to be included. These priority areas are:

  • Food and Nutrition Security. Whereby they are to assist Kenyans increase food production and nutrition security. By promoting agricultural practices that will produce low carbon.
  • Disaster Risk Management. This is to be addressed by ensuring measures are put in place incase of drought or floods.
  • Water and Blue Economy. Blue economy is still a new concept in our country. So they will be able to guide us on how to sustainably use the available water and other resources that comes along with. Without practicing over-exploitation of these resources.
  • Forestry, Wildlife and Tourism. We are known for our wildlife but their habitat has been shrinking rapidily. We are to increase our forest cover to 10% and rehabilitate degraded lands. This will be a boost to both tourism and wildlife welfare.
  • Health, Sanitation and Human Settlements. Here, the plan is to improve on the solid waste management in urban areas.
  • Energy and Transport. This will help eliminate any energy production that is not climate-proof or contribute to greenhouse gases emissions in huge amounts.

Progress made in this Action Plan include:

  • Development of the National Adaption Plan. That is destined to help Kenyans adapt practices that will help curb climate change.
  • Establishment of climate change funds. That will be used to support the adaptation plans and practices in five counties.
  • Enabled expansion of geothermal, solar and wind power. So as to lower greenhouse gases emissions and natural resources utilization while producing power.
  • Provided improvement in legal and policy framework. Which includes Cimate Change Act 2016, National Climate Change Framework Policy as well as National Climate Finance Policy.

This Action Plan also included more parties such as:

  • National and County governments.
  • Civil Society organizations.
  • Youth
  • Women
  • Vulnerable groups
  • Private sector
  • Development partners

The above are very important in ensuring that this plan yiled success. It has included all the parties that contribute to the greenhouse gases emission . And best people to teach on the adaptation and mitigation plans while dealing with the consequences as a result of climate change.

Why is this Action Plan necessary and timely?

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Into the Wild Rabbit Hole

Into the Wild Rabbit Hole

Into the Wild Rabbit Hole. Have you ever been lucky to spot baby wild rabbits in the wild. If not, don’t worry. Many don’t get a chance to spot them. This is due to the technique used by their mother. They are good at hiding their babies.

Did you know that Wild Rabbits hide their babies underground?

One important goal in the wild is to remain alive. So various wildlife has come up with genius ways of protecting their kids. Before they get old enough, to do so on their own.

Especially the ones considered as prey, know very well that anytime. If not careful, they may end up being breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night dessert for some predators.

So the wild rabbits, saw the holes to be the safe haven for its babies. And it has been working well so far.

They only leave a very tiny breathing opening and create leave too many foortprints. As well as their smell to confuse the predators, incase it passes by. It’s how they manage to keep their babies away from their predators.

The mother rabbit limits her trips to the nest, two times. Making it extremely difficult for the predators to find their nest.

Funny enough, they have been observed to make nests in plain areas. Their nests being underground , make it possible to have it in the open fields.

The baby rabbits only come out to feed and get buried back by their mothers.

The mothers are the ones responsible for building these nests. The nests are built in areas with plenty of food as well as good cover for hiding their nests.

The nests are filled with brushes , rabbits’ fur and other smooth materials that are aimed to bring comfort to the nest.

Are Wild Rabbits similar to the bunnies at home?

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Clean Energy, Thermal Energy or Renewable Energy

Clean Energy, Thermal Energy or Renewable Energy

Clean Energy, Thermal Energy or Renewable Energy. All these energies are destined to provide us electricity. A very importance source of power to almost everything we do in our daily lives.

Do you know which of the above your country uses to produce power?

Due to climate change and environmental degradation, most countries have been careful on what means to use while producing power. They are working on doing away with any means that emits greenhouse gases.

Energy bills have also been created and the power providing companies subjected to go by them. These bills are in such a way that production of power doesn’t cause harm to the environment during the whole process.

It also controls how much renewable sources are been extracted. As well as waste management by these companies.

Definitions

Clean energy is simply any form of energy which is created with clean, harmless, and non-polluting methods.

Renewable energy is any type of energy which comes from renewable natural resources, such as wind, rain, sunlight, geothermal heat, and tides.

Thermal Energy (Geothermal energy ) refers to the energy that is generated and measured by heat.

So which energy is good for our planet?

Through the definitions, we are able to eliminate thermal energy. It’s one of the energy that is being discouraged while producing power.

For a safe planet, we are to only use clean energy. But we are yet to get there. So renewable energy has been a better option. As the companies work towards getting fully involved with only clean energy.

Renewable energy can be both bad and good.

When we go ahead and overexploit the renewable resources, then it becomes a bad means of power. As the resources become scarce or depleted.

Samples of energy technologies

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Celebrating Queen of Elephants (Kenya)

Celebrating Queen of Elephants (Kenya)

Celebrating Queen of Elephants (Kenya). An elephant that touched the lives of many through her incredible tusks. That were long enough to touch the ground while she walked.

Queen of Elephants

She passed away sometime back as a result of natural causes. Which is believed to have been contributed by her old age and drought currently being experienced where she lived. This dry season has really caused suffering to both the very young and old wildlife.

Her death found her in Tsavo, where she had managed to live for over sixty years.

She managed to escape premature death like some of her type. Which is resulted by poisoned arrows, snare and bullets. She survived all that and able to live her life to the old age. This is very rare, especially for elephants like her. That have that size of tusks.

We can say, it has been due to the combined efforts of various organizations and Kenya Wildlife Services. In protecting this species. As poachers continue to poach them for their ivory.

According to the lucky photographer, who managed to take her last photos. She was a calm elephant that even allow him to be too close to her.

What do we learn from Queen of elephants?

Her fame was attached to her incredible beautiful tusks. Most of us only managed to have a glimpse of her though her photos going round in the social media. Photos that have melted our hearts and allowed a chance to enjoy them on her.

It is evident that those tusks only looked well on her and not on how the ”bad” do with such. We were also happy that she managed to life her life to the fullest without having to suffer a premature death.

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Animals that need no passport for their travels : Birds

Animals that need no passport for their travels : Birds

Birds are animals that need no passport for their travels around the world. They just need enough strength and natural sources of direction/light to get to their destinations.

Birds

They belong to the kingdom, Animalia. Incuding all living organims that are not plants.

They come in different shapes and sizes, as well as colours.

I remember a song one of my business tutors taught us, and I can say it described the lives of birds. The song lyrics were; Early to bed, early to rise. Makes someone healthy, wealthy and wise.

Birds go to sleep early and wake us up very early. I must also add that , we can classify them as morning people. They will wake up very early and always with a song to start off their day.

Not caring what happened the previous day or that particular day problem. They have the best way of starting their days.

Unlike the other wildlife spoting, bird watching is a little bit different. But very interesting when you finally get your way around it.

Things that amaze me about birds

They have freedom of movement around the world. They travel across oceans, move from one continent to another, and enjoy freedom.

Before all the developments came along, I think birds were among the luckiest animals with huge freedom. They could be able to change locations when things got messy or unbearable.

They are also very intelligent. Understand that their journeys need energy . So they eat to a point of doubling their usual weight and use that energy for flying long distance.

What about their sense of fashion, they are the most beautiful and colorful animals on our planet.

African Hoopoe is my best birds, but hummingbird always amazes me. Let us explore more about them in our next blog post.

Threats facing birds

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Outdoor activities of great help

Outdoor activities of great help

Outdoor activities of great help. Activities that make use of evry part of you from brains, muscles and even soul.

Such activities are very important for our wholesomeness. Allows us to enrich every ascept of our being. Hence keeping away doctors and poor health. And mostly at a very low cost. Yet benefits are so many.

These outdoor activities includes:

Rock climbing

Rock climbing can be categorized into various groups depending on their difficulties levels.

Some may be easy for all groups with or without experience. But the participants have to have no phobia for heights.

As you climbing these rocks, you will get to use all your limbs. That is, both your hands and legs. For moments. Mostly it will involve tips of your toes and fingers. Which we rarely subject to such pressure in our normal lives.

We get to understand strength of some of our body parts that we may have taken for granted.

You are also forced to trust the rope tied around your waist incase of any trebbling or incidences. Trusting that incase all goes wrong you can always hang in the air as you wait for help to come. The rope also helps you balance your weight, on your way down. Preventing you crushing to your death.

That’s why its very important to always have the right equipment for such activities.

Bungee Jumping

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The Largest Mammal on Land Alive : Elephants

The Largest Mammal on Land Alive : Elephants

Elephants are the largest mammals on land alive. They are keystone species and have attracted attention of a wide variety of people. From researchers, tourists and anyone/anything that appreciate their uniqueness.

They are most unique wildlife with a very beautiful memory that is passed on to generations. Able to mourn their dead. As well as manage to handle little berries delicately using their nose, which is also known as their nose.

Elephants

They can be divided into 3 species. Namely:

  • African bush elephants
  • African forest elephants
  • Asian elephants

They can easily be found in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as both South and Southeast Asia. In places such as the forests, savannah, marques and even deserts.

They are able to use their huge ears to regulate their body temperature. Their ears allow them to release heat into the environment. Hence allowing the rest of the body conducive body temperatures. They do so by flapping their ears. African elephants have the largest ears as they occupy the hottest areas.

Did you know that their trunk has no bones? It’s made of up to 150k muscles components and little fat. It’s one of the most important body parts to them.

Trunk functions include:

  • Breathing
  • Sound production
  • Holding stuff
  • Offers sense of smell
  • Fighting
  • Wiping their face
  • Drawing water

For African elephants, they have two finger-like extensions at the tip of their truck, while the Asian one, only has one extension.

Elephants are social animals

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In Support of, ”This is Ground Zero. Support the Future”

In Support of, ”This is Ground Zero. Support the Future”

In Support of, ”This is Ground Zero. Support the Future”. This has been done in different cities through protests by school kids. With one message, for political leaders to pay attention and stop politizing everything.

Greta Thunberg is a sweet girl aged 16 years. Very passionate climate activist that have been protesting for change among the political leaders. She has touched and convinced many despite her young change. Clear indicator that anyone can cause change, and age remains just a number.

It’s true many may ignore children’s advise as they are seen not mature enough. Or assumed that don’t know much. But she proved us wrong. She was able to see the ugly side of humans.

Whereby the poor suffer for the few rich people to have a better live. Where we get to suffer consequences of others and still say nothing. Or made to remain silence / lied to when we decide to speak up.

Are parents paying attention?

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