We Kill Wildlife while protecting Livestock, But feed captive Wildlife with Livestock

We Kill Wildlife while protecting Livestock, But feed captive Wildlife with Livestock

We Kill Wildlife while protecting Livestock, But feed captive Wildlife with Livestock. It’s sadly funny, right? And somehow doesn’t make sense.

Livestock

It refers to domesticated animals that have raised in an agricultural setting to produce labor and commodities such as meat, eggs, milk, fur, leather, and wool.

They are animals that early humans managed to change their way of living and extracted them from their natural habitat.

Unfortunately, just like slavery. It was an aggressive invitation into the humans’ settlement. This is because they had and could do something of help to human species. How do you treat domestic animals around you?

Livestock had to undergo various changes and developments so as to meet humans needs. Whereby their bodies have been injected with drugs, fed food to boost whatever seemed to be missing, and even forced to grow faster through science.

They completely have no leisure to live their own lives as they please. But what seems more profitable to humans. For example, a chicken that would take a year to mature and hatch their own chicks. They now take months, if not weeks, to mature and make way to our plates. The eggs no longer need their mama’s warming them up for 21 days. Incubators took over.

Poor livestock, living by our terms and seem not to have way to defend themselves.

Livestock activists

Am happy to see a part of humans fighting for livestock that is being placed under uncondusive environment.

They are able to ensure that no livestock is killed ruthlessly. They are transported in such a way that doesn’t cause pain to the transported livestock. The ones being used for labor provision are not overworked.

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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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Celebrating Marine Life on the World Wildlife Day 2019

Celebrating Marine Life on the World Wildlife Day 2019

Celebrating Marine Life on the World Wildlife Day 2019. Kenyans in the coastal areas were able to interact with conservationists who taught them more about marine conservation.

There have been increased awareness among the local communities regarding wildlife and pollution. Especially in the coast, Ocean cleaning has become responsibility for the community. They ensure that visitors understand importance of not dumping into the ocean. As well remove the plastics that have already made their way into the ocean.

Through these activities, they have been able to turn these trash to treasure. We have several groups that have found ways to make stuff out of plastic stuff into beautiful items. Which they sell , hence improving their livelihood.

Most importantly, they have been able to understand the severe consequences of using oceans as dumpsites. They are ready and willing to do anything that will promote good healthy for the ocean. After all, most of their livelihood depend on the ocean and it’s resources.

They do have a special place in their hearts for marine life. The fishermen among other communities, take part in rescueing any stranded marine creature, or ones that find themselves in wrong places.

Gone are the days where they hunted for the turtle and their eggs for food and sale. Nowadays they protect them, and even taking them to the designated organizations for treatment if founf sick or injured.

They have been taught on the various marine animals ways of lives. Hence able to understand how they can help such creatures. This has been through several conservation bodies. both governmental and non0governmental. And we can happily conclude that, marine has a future after all.

Marine Life

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Are the Mountains Safe from the Development Activities?

Are the Mountains Safe from the Development Activities?

Are the Mountains Safe from the Development Activities? Or are they vulnerable just like the other parts of conservation areas.

From the previous blog, we were to get to know some of mountains found in the amazing Kenya. It’s important I let you know that some of those mountains act as the source of water to most part f the country. They literally hold our lives as water is life.

Apart from being a source of many rivers and springs, they offer habitat to our wildlife and allow engage in various outdoor activities.

Wildlife land encroachment and grabbing have been the greatest and deadliest threat to the survival of wildlife. The land being grabbed was the one considered convenient for farming and adjusted to the farms. Mostly, the flat areas.

This may make you think that mountains are safe. But that’s not the case. We are still losing them to developments and civilization.

Threats facing Mountains

  • Best trees are mostly found in the mountains. Hence loggers will target these places. Promoting deforestation and distrusting the vegetation cover in these particular mountains. They will do their best to sneak into these forests and cut down the trees.
  • Demand for geothermal energy. This mostly affect the active volcano mountains. Energy companies over exploit them, destroying them in return. They go ahead to build plants at the foot of these mountains, introducing tarmacked roads, among other developments. Which cause more destruction to anything in the mountains. Wildlife get killed by the speeding vehicles. Caves used by indigenous species get destroyed as they drill into the calderas. Continuous drilling lead to destruction of the vegetation within the mountains.
  • Mountains are being bulldozed down to provide room for developments. This happens to the mountains that are within communities outside conservation areas. They are made flat like they never existed in the first place. It’s vegetation and animals, disappear in the process.
  • The wildfires. The ones that occur naturally have less damage and more benefits. But the ones caused by humans, end up wiping away both vegetation and wildlife (insects, big animals, birds, etc).

Destruction of the mountains due to development activities is our loss

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Here’s To Us

Here’s To Us

Here’s To Us. That’s right. Today I just want to show my gratitude to all who believe and fight for nature/wildlife/natural resources.

Conservation is not easy as it may seem

Allowing ourselves to believe in it and practice it. Need motivativaton and enough that will help make it happen.

We are in a developing world, where things keep changing and all we can do is adapt. Embrace the changes and sometimes, forced to forgo some of it.

Ditching plastic bottles and plastic bags, is not that easy. But our love for a healthy planet. Helped us embrace reusable bottles and biodegradable/reusable bags.

We get to sacrifice all the cheap and easy ways of life, due to their effect on the environment and other species.

I raise a glass to you champion. Continue with the great work and help many others to join you.

Practising Minimalism

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Understanding Environmental Racism

Understanding Environmental Racism

Understanding Environmental Racism. It’s something that was noted many years ago. As mankind embraced civilization and urbanization.

Environmental Racism

It refers to any environment injustice happening or directed to the minority groups. That is, whether practiced or applied in policies.

How can you identify an environmental racism act?

  • When you notice exposure of harmful waste to particulars areas.
  • Vulnerability of a community to problems such as the floods.
  • Discriminatory waste management
  • Inaccessibility of safe to drink water.

The above qualify to be a case of environmental racism , if they are done intential and directed to a particular minor group.

This to mean that, for developing countries that are not able to provide all its citizens with safe to drink water. Can not be said to practice environmental racism. But when the rich and able decide to expose the poor with their harmful waste. Then this qualifies as an environmental racism.

It simply implies directing negative outcomes as a result of human impact on other humans who have nothing to do with it. Sadly, the receiver of the bad news. Suffering consequences of actions by the abled ones.

But why would someone do that to the other humans?

Environmental racism is as a result of environmental injustices. What do we do to ensure we observe and practice environmental justice.

I came across some principles that may help us understand how to be fair to the environment and the minor groups.

Principles of Environmental Justice adopted by Delegates to the First National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit held on October 24-27, 1991, in Washington DC.

Environmental justice :

  • Affirms the sacredness of Mother Earth, ecological unity and the interdependence of all species, and the right to be free from ecological destruction.
  • Demands that public policy be based on mutual respect and justice for all peoples, free from any form of discrimination or bias.
  • Mandates the right to ethical, balanced and responsible uses of land and renewable resources in the interest of a sustainable planet for humans and other living things.
  • Calls for universal protection from nuclear testing, extraction, production, and disposal of toxic/hazardous wastes and poisons and nuclear testing that threaten the fundamental right to clean air, land, water, and food.
  • Affirms the fundamental right to political, economic, cultural and environmental self-determination of all peoples.
  • Demands the cessation of the production of all toxins, hazardous wastes, and radioactive materials, and that all past and current producers be held strictly accountable to the people for detoxification and the containment at the point of production.
  • Demands the right to participate as equal partners at every level of decision-making, including needs assessment, planning, implementation, enforcement and evaluation.
  • Affirms the right of all workers to a safe and healthy work environment without being forced to choose between an unsafe livelihood and unemployment. It also affirms the right of those who work at home to be free from environmental hazards.
  • Protects the right of victims of environmental injustice to receive full compensation and reparations for damages as well as quality health care.
  • Considers governmental acts of environmental injustice a violation of international law, the Universal Declaration On Human Rights, and the United Nations Convention on Genocide.
  • Must recognize a special legal and natural relationship of Native Peoples to the U.S. government through treaties, agreements, compacts, and covenants affirming sovereignty and self-determination.
  • Affirms the need for urban and rural ecological policies to clean up and rebuild our cities and rural areas in balance with nature, honoring the cultural integrity of all our communities, and provided fair access for all to the full range of resources.
  • Calls for the strict enforcement of principles of informed consent, and a halt to the testing of experimental reproductive and medical procedures and vaccinations on people of color.
  • Opposes the destructive operations of multi-national corporations.
  • Opposes military occupation, repression and exploitation of lands, peoples and cultures, and other life forms.
  • Calls for the education of present and future generations which emphasizes social and environmental issues, based on our experience and an appreciation of our diverse cultural perspectives.
  • Requires that we, as individuals, make personal and consumer choices to consume as little of Mother Earth’s resources and to produce as little waste as possible; and make the conscious decision to challenge and reprioritize our lifestyles to ensure the health of the natural world for present and future generations.

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Female-hood In The Wild

Female-hood In The Wild

Femalehood In The Wild. Is it any different from ours or for domestic species. As we get to celebrate women around the world on this special day. Lets celebrate the ladies in the wild too.

I wish all ladies around the world, happiest International Women Day. May we continue to shine and sky should not be the limit. Thumbs up to all men who support women.And those who are yet to join the team, we are waiting for you to transform. Women are the light and great asset in our community.

Today I was like us to get to know several females in the wild that make me smile every time I think about them. They include:

  • Lioness
  • Northern Jacana
  • Black Rhino
  • Baboon

You will manage to see which of them has traits you like or have.

Lioness

Lioness

Despite being smaller than the lions (male), they are better hunters and does most of the hunting. Surprisely, male lions are the ones that consume the prey first.

They are not only the bread winners, but lead the pride too. While their male counterparts, ensure no intruders. Defending the pride’s territory as well as marking it with their scent markings.

They do most of their huntings at night and in groups.

Northern Jacana

Northern Jacana

Now this one, is the best to study.

She lays the eggs and the male incubates them. She rarely or reluctantly incubates her eggs.

She lives within a territory of 1 – 4 mates. She will mate with several of them away or form more than one pair bonds with her mates. This is because they have a simultaneous polyandrous mating system.

Black Rhino

Black Rhino with her calf
Black Rhino with her calf

She has a very strong relation to her half. But not her mate. Spends time mostly alone and bond with a male while mating.

Baboon

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When The Huge Wildlife Falls in Love With You

When The Huge Wildlife Falls in Love With You

When the huge wildlife fall in love with you. How would you feel if an animal like an elephant, rhino, lion or even some of dangerous snakes, becaome your best buddies. As some tend to term the as beast buddies.

Wildlife are dangerous and that should never be underestimated. As much as we may create a connection with them. They still remain wild and anything may change anytime very fast. Resulting to loss of lives or losing several body parts. It’s important that this sinks into our brains while handling wildlife.

Just like any other living organism, they have power to determine several scenarios. Like when another species is about to harm them or being “good”. And that’s why we see them getting connected to their human buddies.

Falling in love with Huge wildlife

It’s never love at the first sight on the wildlife part. Humans may love them at the first sight. But they have to do more to earn the same from wildlife.

Wildlife will need a reason and somehow a confirmation from your actions before they can offer you love and the huge hugs. Luckly, unlike humans who may be deserved by sweet words. Actions speak love in the wild. Not forgetting the extreme need for consistency .

They will always be difficult at first as you work your way into their hearts. And they may still reject you despite all that effort. They are wild and free to reject who they dislike. I kinda like how they operate. I like that,because it helps them offer you true love which last for a very long time.

It’s almost impossible to create a connection with the wildlife in their natural habitat. All that can help is staying out of way of one another. But with extreme hard work and giant patience, you may get some love back.

Courtesy of beast-buddies-http://drive-tv.co.uk
Courtesy of beast-buddies-http://drive-tv.co.uk

So most humans who desire a connection with wildlife. Cultivate it while the animals are in captivity. These include places like sanctuaries, zoos or any captive places they keep wildlife.

They take part in activities that help open wildlife heart to them. It may be helping an elephant calf come into terms of her Mother’s death caused by poachers. The calf doesn’t know the difference of the poachers from the humans offering them love. They will see them as the same person hence a threat.

They will take time to be open to the idea of giving themselves to these nice humans. This the golden time for the nice humans to erase the ba image created of humans on the affected calf. It may take hours, days or months with hard work to make it work.

All babies including those of wildlife, tend to reboot more often. Hence within a short time, they are able to forget what happened. And this offers a window for nice humans to sneak into their adorable hearts.

They may fall in love with you but that does mean they wont hurt the rest

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Wildlife should be allowed a ”weekend”

Wildlife should be allowed a ”weekend”

Wildlife should be allowed a ”weekend”. Two free days every week with no humans in it.

Weekend

In our usual days arrangement, weekend involves Saturday and Sunday. Days that have been set aside for rest. Allowing us an opportunity to rejuvenate our bodies.

It is also used to mark the end of a week.

They are very important days for a healthy day, sharp brains and time to spend with our loved ones.

Why not allow wildlife a ”weekend” too?

Conservation areas are always open each given day, including the weekends and holidays.

In fact, they are super busy during the weekends and holidays.

This means that they can only be free from humans during the nights. But when poachers arrive, then they have humans poking into their lives more than required.

We are yet to have an effective system that regulates number of visitors inside these conservation areas at all time. Ending up having human traffic during the peak seasons.

This is very stressing to the wildlife whereby the shy ones become the most affected.

Who doesn’t need a space for themselves?

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The Painted Wolf aka African Wild dogs

The Painted Wolf aka African Wild dogs

The painted wolf is also known as African wild dogs. They are one of the most amazing canines in the wild. Unlike the dogs at home, they don’t do so well under captivity conditions.

African Wild Dog

They have been given a number of names, i.e painted hunting dogs, painted wolf, African hunting dog, African painted dog as well as cape hunting dog.

Due to their body spots, they are easily confused for hyenas.

They are very social animals and live in packs. Doing most stuff as a group especially hunting. They are very loyal to each other in the pack. To a point whereby, they feed one of their own who may have got injured during the hunts.

As per the IUCN, we have less than 2000 African wild dog roaming in the world.

Subspecies include:

  • Cape Wild dog found in Souther Africa.
  • East African will dog found in East Africa.
  • West African wild dog found in both West and Central Africa.
  • Chad wild dog found in Chad.
  • Somali wild dog found in the Horn of Africa.

This shows how they have been dispersed all over the place. This is due to their behavior of spreading out in their respective packs. Each pack has a dominant male and a dominant female responsible for breeding. The rest of the pack helps in raising the pups.

Fact

The hunting success is 80% . This means they are going to make a kill when they hunt.

What’s happening

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