Ways My Pets have been awesome to me

Ways My Pets have been awesome to me

Yes, there are various ways my pets have been awesome to me. They have been literally my life guardian angel ever since I was a small kid.

Being the shortest, shy and fat kid, you become the easiest target for bullies. They will also pick on you, as they make your life at school miserable and kinda a hell on earth.

I was quite bullied at school and due to my introvert nature. I rarely shared with anyone , except my pets. My bullies upgraded their technique each passing day and they seem to enjoy this hellish ride.

Back at home, it was different. My parents tried their best to create us a paradise. They offered what they could and help us understand why they were unable to provide some of things we may have requested. They encouraged open communication but there was a little problem.

They both worked in our shop which happened to be the same place where we lived. So they work up ver early to open the shop, and closing time was pretty late. So if you needed to tell them something or have a talk with them about anything. It would have to happen at the shop. So somehow, it was not an easy place to go and tell mama about the bullying stuff there.

I feared the customers hearing of my problems and the interruptions as they come to buy stuff. So as much as mum encouraged us to tell her anything bothering our little souls. Her schedule was pretty occupied.

And this where my pets came in handy. Luckily dad introduced me to pets very early . My first pets were a cat and two squarrels. They were my world and everyone in the house respected their existence . Even if they did like the company as I did.

My pets listened to me

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Protect what is close to your heart

Protect what is close to your heart

We should be able to protect what is close to our hearts. Because they mean a lot to us. We should not allow anyone, absolutely anyone mess up with them.

These things include our natural resources, cultures, public resources, etc. Anything we owe as a public, we should give it a thought and care for them.

How do we protect our public resources?

We have various ways we can be able to protect them. From outside forces, our corrupt leaders or the greedy lot within us. And we do so by speaking up and against such evil acts.

Anything that’s ownership falls under public. Is for the good of everyone. Everyone should be able to benefit from them. They should never be used to fulfill greed of the few ones. No matter how powerful they may be.

We should not allow our leaders to come up with laws that don’t support sustainable use of these resources. These natural resources should be close to our hearts. They have been freely gifted to us by mother nature. And as long as we use them suistanably, she will continue offering them to us. So when laws aren’t for the good intentions to mother nature, it’s time to scream really loud. Knock all doors and head to the streets till they hear us.

Change we need starts with us. We should embrace sustainable use of these resources right from our homes. Don’t allow your greed to make you extract more than needed. Remember everyone deserve a piece of this cake. When we appreciate and understand importance of sustainability . Then we can be able to conserve what we have.

Having learnt to take what nature can manage to regenerate, you will be able to teach others how to do so. You will be in a good position to speak through actions. You will have understood that for these resources to continue being present, we need to allow nature time and space.

Be the watch dog

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Charity begins at home

Charity begins at home

Indeed, charity begins at home. Same applies to flora and fauna (plants and animals). They will both excel in their native places of origin. That’s where we got to get terms such such indigenous, exotic as well as invasive.

  • Indigenous species : applies to species that occur in a given places naturally with no human intervention.
  • Exotic species : applies species that have been introduced by humans knowingly or accidentally.
  • Invasive species: applies to species that go beyond their introduction after being introduced y humans.

Why do we move species around away from their original home?

Humans are known of taking ownership of things they love or attracted to . Whatever brings profit or anything positive. They will try to exploit it more.

  • Science and technology has brought a lot of developments in our world. Hence the need to learn more and engage in a wide variety of experiments. We experiment on animals to judge if it will be safe for humans. In the process move species away from their native places. We do so without putting species concern in considerations.
  • Love for petting different species. Unlike old days where dogs and cats were the only animals considered for petting. Nowadays, that’s not the case. You can almost pet every species. from the tiniest ones, to the beasts. And this has made us to move animals from far places. Even different continents. Either legally or illegally. But do we consider side effects of such movements?
  • The need to bring wildlife close to us. This has been the motivate behind any creation of zoos, orphanages, sanctuary or any man-made structures housing wildlife. As we settled into different places, we displaced wildlife and some ended up extinct. We tried to save them through such places. We also like having things as we want them. So we go different places, and bring wildlife from those areas back to our man-made structures.
  • Again, we rarely consider impact on these animals. That’s why you will find a number of species that are endangered but still present in several zoos and orphanages. Not to reintroduce their population back to the wild again, but to trap them till their days fades away.
  • Fortunately , some of these facilities try to do good for wildlife. But they are very few.
  • Grass is greener on the other side. By default, we tend to love whats on the other side or what we don’t have. That’s why we are attracted to rare and indigenous species. And have nothing much for the other ones. That’s why these poor species will be poached and killed mercilessly. Just for some class status or false believes.

Why do we value foreign and neglect our own at home?

We should learn from our bodies. A body will need a very closely related body part or else reject it. Our bodies can help us understand importance of not moving stuff around anyhowly.

We are prone to be attracted and care much for a species out of our range.but t care less of what we have. Hence neglecting them and eventually losing them for good.

Do you treat your visitors/guest same as you do your family at home. Do you cook special meals for both ? Offer the long beautiful smiles just to bring happiness on the table. I rarely think so, after all most drama is related to family stuff. That’s why most will easily mix and help strangers than they wil do their own families.

With that in mind, what will happen to the species that surrounds us. We will bypass them and love those we can’t have.

What’s my point?

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What is the state of wetlands?

What is the state of wetlands?

Wetlands will be celebrated on second of February during the World Wetlands day. We will have an opportunity to appreciate important roles played by them. It’s also a time to reflect on the damages, losses and wetland conservation necessities.

In Kenya, our theme will be “Wetlands and Climate Change”. Several organisations will be able to help public understand important facts about our disappearing wetlands. And it will be happening at the Rumuruti in Ewaso Narok located in Laikipia County. We will be campaigning for a healthy wetlands hence healthy communities. Get to know how climate change has affected wetlands.

What are wetlands?

They are characterized as having a water table that stands at or near the land surface for a long enough period each year to support aquatic plants.

They include areas such as the marsh, fen, peatland or water, whether natural or artificial, permanent or temporary, with water that is static or flowing, fresh, brackish or salt, including areas of marine water the depth of which at low tide does not exceed six metres.

They may incorporate riparian and coastal zones adjacent to the wetlands, and islands or bodies of marine water deeper than six metres at low tide lying within the wetlands.

This is per the Ramsar international wetland conservation treaty.

You can recognize them from other land forms or water bodies primarily by the vegetation that has adapted to wet soil.

Wetlands are as a result of flooding from either rains or groundwater. There are also constructed wetlands that are used to treat water from the sewage, capture excess water form storm water runoff.

Important roles played by wetlands

  • Wetlands are very vital in our environments. They help balance several factors that contributes to a healthy environment.
  • Constructed wetlands helps to purity waste water /recycle used water. They are used for water treatment. Also accommodate the excess water runoff from events such as the storm water.
  • Wetlands are important mitigation tool for climate change. According to the Ramsar Convention. The economic worth of the ecosystem services provided to society by intact, naturally functioning wetlands is frequently much greater than the perceived benefits of converting them to ‘more valuable’ intensive land use – particularly as the profits from unsustainable use often go to relatively few individuals or corporations, rather than being shared by society as a whole.
  • They are able to sink carbon, convert greenhouse gases through photosynthesis as well as regulate and store water.
  • They purify water through their cycle of sediments and nutrients. Hence balancing terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
  • They are a home to wide biodiversity. This is because of their high number of species present , their small global geographic area,number of species which are endemic to wetlands and their high productivity.
  • They provide resources to both humans and animals. As well as offer habitat to a wide variety of living organisms.
  • They can act as fire breaks for minor wildfires within their locations.

Products that can be extracted from them

  • Food
  • Fuelwood
  • Salt (produced by evaporating seawater)
  • Animal fodder
  • Traditional medicines (e.g. from mangrove bark)
  • Fibers for textiles
  • Dyes and tannins
  • Food converted to sweeteners and carbohydrates

Threats facing them

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Conservation is a Serious Affair

Conservation is a Serious Affair.

Conservation is a Serious Affair. This includes conservation education and awareness. Let’s stop taking them for granted or as jokes.

Misconceptions contributing to conservation woes hence ignored as a serious affair:

  • Why should I care for nature an wildlife, yet we have organisations or governments tasked to do exactly that?

Some people think that conserving our environment is a responsibility for a particular group of people. They don’t see any importance of their participation.

These are people who will litter the streets comfortably knowing that some worker some where is being paid to collect such trash.

They will will leave a lost or injured animals helpless on the road , because to them, that’s not their business.

Such people will not even bother to have flowers or pets. They see such as waste of time and disturbance. And in the long run, they miss what nature can offer them if they were to change their thinking.

I tend to think that all public resources belong to the public. Hence by default, it’s our duty to ensure they are in good condition. That effective laws are passed to protect them and their management by the set organisations is carried out well.

We are supposed to know and ensure that the natural resources are not abused or mishandled by anyone.

As much as we may have different bodies tasked to ensure our environment and species are okay. We have to be actively involved.

  • What do I gain from conserving or spreading conservation education and awareness?

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What do you need to have unforgettable trip in the wild?

What do you need to have unforgettable trip in the wild?

Everyone looks forward to having an epic time out there during their trip. To create unforgettable moments and memories. To have one of a lifetime trips/weekend/safaris, etc.

It’s a time to shake up the usual, let go the burden and stress of life as well as allowing our soul time to heal and rejuvenate. So it has to be one of a kind.

Everything that gives best results includes proper prior arrangements and preparations. You can’t just go blindly hoping that things will sort themselves out. You may end up not enjoying your time in the wild.

Nature is full of surprises, both bad and good. The plan may change but it was better to have had a plan anyway. Because it helps to smoothen the surprises .

So what are the basics for such trips?

  • Knowledge about the place you are planning to visit

It’s very important to do a research about the place you are planning to visit. This is irregardless of whether you will have a local guide or not.

The research will help you know what to expect. From the local community and their cultures. You don’t want to find yourself in trouble for offending any of that. Or not being able to mingle well with the locals. To really enjoy some where new, locals offer the best intel.

Research helps you know about the weather patterns and geographical structures. You will know what animals to look for, plants native to that area, and many more.

Ideally, the research gives you a preview of your trip. An angle to ensure that you fully exploit that place.

  • Documents

Ensure to carry with you all the needed documents to avoid any inconveniences.

  • Budgeting

Money is very vital. You have to know how much you need to be able to enjoy your trip. And always carry more than you expect to use. Know how much stuff cost in your area of interest, exchange rate if need be and pricing of different things.

Write down all the activities that will need you to pay for. Research will offer you this information.

  • Map of the area or a GPS and a guide book

Technology has made it easier not to get lost in new places as well as offering directions to various points. So having a GPS device with you is vital.

Map is also very important if you want to explore all the hidden nature treasure. The map will help you find the caves, waterfalls, parks, and many others. Basically, map is your google in the wild.

If you don’t want to miss all the fun spots, carry a map plus a compass with you. These two tools make explorations one amazing adventure.

Guide books helps in a wide variety of tasks. From helping you in understanding the local language, giving you directions to places such as hostels/restaurants/ATMs/public transport/etc. You don’t have to risk be lied to by the ”unwilling” strangers.

It’s an evil world and not everyone will treat you well all the time. It’s good to have some basic knowledge to stay safe.

  • Understand seasons and consider your timings

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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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Evil deeds done to wildlife that will break your heart

Evil deeds done to wildlife that will break your heart.

These deeds are executed by us without caring how wildlife feels about it. Or what impact they have on them. They are heartless and brutal.

I came across one that almost gave me a heart attack. Allowing me to reflect on similar incidences that cross my path while research about wildlife status around the world.

Former Zimbabwe president’s (Robert Mugabe) birthday in 2015

Am still shocked and angry about what I read. Do we have wildlife conservationist in Zimbabwe? Who would have stopped this guy. But wait, he was one of the worst dictators. So I guess no one would dare opposed him.

Apparently, this guy’s birthday saw death of two elephants, two buffaloes, two sables, five impalas and one lion as a source of food. That’s right. These wildlife were killed to provide meat for his birthday party.

Read more about the party here.

Do you see endangerous species in that list? Do you get any idea that would have necessitated their death?

This guy made his people go through a lot of pain and loss. But guess what? They still made his birthday to be a public holiday. Named Robert Mugabe National Youth day and will be happening on twenty firsts of February.

No matter what power you have, every life is important. We have to be reasonable on how we handle public resources especially those who we elect to represent us in the governments. Your job is to do the great good for all citizens and not sastfying your selfish desires.

Petting wildlife illegally is also one of the evil deeds

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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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My funny neighbor


When you live with people more like you, 

Loving their own company, 

Always experimenting funny incredible stuff, 

Then you will get a funny neighbor like mine. 


We communicate via our WiFi names, 

Started as a joke, 

But graduated to another level,

 Writing it down and thinking about it

, Makes me laugh and love my weirdness.