It’s fabulous to see that the campaign is being picked up in local media across Namibia. We certainly hope that this provides the WFL team with a good turn out when they reach the next town of Gobabis. We certainly want our message to reach far and wide!
The Cheetah Project will be led by Ms Femke Broekhuis of Oxford University’s Wildlife FemkeResearch Unit (WildCRU) and will seek to determine the current status of cheetahs in the Greater Mara ecosystem and to identify the major threats that could be causing declines in the current cheetah population. The data will initially be collected during a two-year period using an array of data collection techniques including behavioral observation, faecal analysis, historic data and interviews.
Published on Feb 22, 2013
Talk at the Global Issues Services Summit held on 22/02/13 at the International School of Kenya.
Via – Cee4life
Raabia Hawa – (Kenyans for Wildlife) KENYA – I am very used to seeing the atrocities committed on animals around the world. Rarely do speeches from people move me to the point of tears. My dear Raabia reached into her brave heart and spoke at the recent Global Issues Services Summit held at the International School of Kenya, of her harrowing experiences, and grief at loosing the wildlife of Kenya, and urgent need for protection of the last of the wild animals of Kenya. If you are looking for honesty within conservation, then look at this, listen to this. This a woman of integrity and a force and voice of the future of conservation in Kenya. God bless you always Raabia. ~ Sybelle
This just broke my heart today.
A little girl in Kenya watched a TV commercial of a bread company in Kenya where a man and a lion fight over a loaf. The man wins. She was so saddened by this that she encouraged all classmates in her school to raise money to provide loaves of bread to feed the lions in Nakuru National Park near her home.
She is 5 years old. Her name is Solidad Mihadi and she is at St. Xavier’s Nursery School in Nakuru, Kenya.
Such innocence and love for wildlife is just precious beyond belief. We are all involved with complicated issues like trophy hunting, CITES, human/lion conflict … and here is this little person who is promoting her own solution to save lions.
Bless her. She represents Kenya’s future. You can write to Solidad via firstname.lastname@example.org (or) Solidad Mihadi c/o Joseph Odhiambo, P.O BOX 244, Nakuru, Kenya. Please take the time to send her a personal message. Thank you.
On a recent trip to Etosha National Park in Namibia I found a Leopard resting in the shade close to a waterhole and decided to hang around in the hope of her hunting Springbok or other antelope at the waterhole.
After about two hours I noticed some movement in the water and so did the Leopard. She went to investigate and suddenly took a dive and pulled out a mating pair of Terrapin from the water. This was a first for me and also a highlight in my photographic career and I would like to share the sequence of images with you. Enjoy.
All photographs © Hendri Venter.
Lion Death – Shocking photographs coming out of Kenya with the deliberate
murder of a Lion. The Lion was in Astra ranch machakos area, and killed one sheep that was being illegally grazed. There was a wedding in a nearby boma and an alarm was raised, and 3 cars ran down the lion before it was speared. 3 arrests were made but they were released around midnight last night. Kenyan Wildlife Service are attending meetings with the community now. RIP Lion xoxoxo Innocent Lion…..
Nikhil M Ghanekar, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, October 12, 2012
Work on the state’s first leopard safari, at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, is expected to start early next year. This week, authorities of the national park sent the final master layout plan of the safari to the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) and are hoping to get the final approval in December.
The idea of a leopard safari was mooted to create an open space for the 22 captive leopards housed in a leopard orphanage inside SGNP. This orphanage houses man-eating leopards, injured and old leopards, and those that were trapped after straying into human habitats.
Presently, these leopards are kept in separate enclosures of 110sq ft. The leopard safari will be located in a 20-hectare area inside SGNP, adjacent to the existing Lion and Tiger safari. The total area occupied by the three safaris will be 100 hectares. These barb-wired enclosures will be around 50-feet high.
“The leopards will be released in the safari area in the morning. We will release 3 to 4 leopards at a time and create a separate feeding area for them. They will be brought back to the enclosures at night,” said Sunil Limaye, director, SGNP.
Limaye added, “Once we get the final approval from CZA, we will carry out the detailed budgeting. Following that, construction of the enclosures will begin.”
The safari will also have dense tree cover so that leopards can climb up to rest. The captive leopards will shift to their new and bigger orphanage by March. Each orphanage enclosure will be around 165 sq.ft in size while there will also be a separate exercise area created for the leopards. The leopards will be released in the safari from their orphanage enclosures.
Experts said that a leopard safari will give more breathing space for the leopards. “The present enclosures are not really great and leopards should not be kept in captivity forever. But, the leopards should not be released in large numbers as they do not usually move in groups,” said Vidya Athreya, wildlife biologist with Center for Wildlife Studies, Bangalore.
Chuck and Norris are very close. Where the one goes the other follows. Chuck is more the dominant and daring male and Norris is the more careful (but sometimes also cheeky) one. We love them both!!
Lions of the Masai Mara – closer than ever before
Will Burrard-Lucas is a professional wildlife photographer from the UK. He is known for his creative and innovative approach to wildlife photography.
In 2009 he created BeetleCam, a remote control buggy with a camera mounted on top.
He travelled to Tanzania and used it to take close-up, ground-level photographs of African wildlife including elephants, buffalo and lions. Unfortunately, one of his cameras was destroyed in an encounter with a lion.
Will recently returned to Africa with two new BeetleCams, one of which had a lion-proof carapace. Using the new BeetleCams he was able to take these photographs showing the lions of the Masai Mara.
Will is now building BeetleCams for photographers around the world. To find out more about the BeetleCam Project, please visit Burrard-Lucas Wildlife Photography. You can also follow Will’s work on Twitter and Facebook.