Good News for Rhinos!

Pictures of a newborn Grass (White) rhino from last week….

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This brings the NNP total to 13 individuals. 10 were translocated from Nakuru NP a few years. A cow gave birth (see archive) & then the last surviving Grass rhino (a bull) was brought in from the Mara after his companion was poached. = 12

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Here is the new little creature :  I bet it is a female!!

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Looks like we have a BREEDING population of Ceratotherium simum simum, a species from the Southern savannahs of Africa.

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From 10-20 animals in the early years of the 20th century, there may be 5000 or so of  this sp. which is  Critically Endangered.

Could you please tell the ignorant people  that RHINO  HORN IS NOT MEDICINE….

Mountain Reedbuck

Mountain reedbuck at the head of the Sosian Gorge, which seems to be the centre for a NNP population of an estimated 20-30 of these localised antelope.

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How does this population keep healthy when it is so inbred?

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These animals (I counted seven) were a herd of females, with new young….

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A fable, perhaps, for the lion population (c.40) which is also localised in Nairobi National Park.

The Last Wildebeest & the Sheep & Goat Land

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Recent pics of the few wildebeest currently in the park…..

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The Last Wildebeest? Gnu are true creatures of the plains, having evolved in the great plains of Africa.

Certainly they have not adapted well to changes in habitat around NNP: fences, human activity, meat-hunting & so on.

It is estimated there could have been at least 100,000 of this sp. in the Athi Kapiti ecosystem, but we are down to the last 500 in NNP: the rest are cut off by the Athi-Namanga Highway….

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Gnu on the move. Scientists have been studying how & where they move in the NNP dispersal area:

http://www.nrel.colostate.edu/projects/gnu/track_nairobi2.php

What seems to be very clear is that our last few gnu spend most of their time centred on the Sheep & Goat Land (see previous posts in the category menu to the left…..

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Gnu at the Athi Dam.

Surely it must be a priority to look very closely at how to integrate the Sheep & Goat Land more securely to the Park.

Or else we will lose the last of these peculiar but wonderful creatures in one of their main habitats……

International Vulture Awareness Day in Nbi Nat Park

PHOTOS BY NED & WILL KNOCKER:

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NNP is a haven for Kenya’s vulture population…

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Vultures like protected areas, where there is plenty of food & space to be……….vultures.

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Masters of the air, these raptors can soar for hundreds of miles……

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A White Backed vulture showing why it is so called…..

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An adult Ruppell’s Griffon on the left: is that a juvenile on the right (help! Simon Thomsett)

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The mean dude of the Vulture World  (can appearances deceive?) the Lappet Faced or Nubian……

Long live all vultures!!!!