Ostriches in NNP

By Will Knocker

P1010345

It is said that Nairobi National Park has the greatest concentration of Maasai ostriches

anywhere & certainly it is a good place to observe & photograph these enormous,

ungainly but beautiful birds.

P1010346

During the Long Rains, when there is plenty to eat, the birds get sexy & mate (see

http://nairobinationalpark.wildlifedirect.org/2014/08/29/mating-ostriches-2/)

P1010347

Chicks hatch & a pair of ostriches might have up to 30 young in their nursery flock,

which are fiercely guarded by the parents.

P1010348

Sadly ostrich chicks suffer very high mortality & only  a few at most manage

to escape the attentions of predators.

P1010349

In an Anthropecenic world, where there is very little space for ostriches

to freely breed & reproduce, aren’t we fortunate to have the Park as

an a sanctuary for ostriches, amongst many other forms of life?