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The South African springhare (Pedetes capensis), or springhaas in Afrikaans, is not actually a hare, but a rodent. It is one of two living species in the genus Pedetes, and is native to southern Africa. The East African springhare (Pedetes surdaster) was recognised by Matthee and Robinson in 1997 as a species distinct from the southern African springhare (P. capensis) based on genetic, morphological, and ethological differences. P. capensis from South Africa has fewer chromosomes (2n= 38) than does P. surdaster which has (2n = 40) and some other genetic variations. The East African springhare is found in central and southern Kenya and most of Tanzania.

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This is the story of Kenya’s LEAGUE OF EXTRAVAGANT GRANNIES who were once corporate and government leader in the 1970’s but are now retired. 




IN THE LAP OF THE GODS: Kathmandu Valley, Nepal - photography: Gentl & Hyers - text: Isabella Tree - CNTraveler August 2013

THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CUISINE: Gascony, France - photography: Gentl & Hyers - text: Michael Ruhlman - CNTraveler July 2013

LAIKIPIA,CENTRAL KENYA - photography: Christopher Churchill - text: Sophy Roberts - CNTraveler April 2017

  • “Sausage prepared by Dominique Chapolard, who grows the grains his pigs eat on his farm.”
  • “Turmeric, coriander, buckwheat greens, and tree tomatoes are among the staples at one of Bhaktapur’s markets. Nepal’s spicy cuisine isn’t all vegan, though - most people also eat meat.”
  • “An offering to the Hindu god Ganesh, consisting of vermilion, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, juniper, rice, cotton, and lentils.”
  • “Still life of local fruits at Kate Hill’s Kitchen at Camont cooking school.”
  • “Lunch at Arijiju, including chili beef, green papaya salad, and ginger-steamed bok chop.”

Bongo (antelope)

The bongoTragelaphus eurycerus, is a herbivorous, mostly nocturnal forest ungulate; it is among the largest of the African forest antelope species.

Bongos are characterised by a striking reddish-brown coat, black and white markings, white-yellow stripes and long slightly spiralled horns. Indeed, bongos are the only tragelaphid in which both sexes have horns. They have a complex social interaction and are found in African dense forest mosaics.

The western or lowland bongoT. e. eurycerus, faces an ongoing population decline, and the IUCN Antelope Specialist Group considers it to be Near Threatened on the conservation status scale.

The eastern or mountain bongoT. e. isaaci, of Kenya, has a coat even more vibrant than that of T. e. eurycerus. The mountain bongo is only found in the wild in one remote region of central Kenya. This bongo is classified by the IUCN Antelope Specialist Group as Critically Endangered, with more specimens in captivity than in the wild.

In 2000, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the USA (AZA) upgraded the bongo to a Species Survival Plan participant and in 2006 named the Bongo Restoration to Mount Kenya Project to its list of the Top Ten Wildlife Conservation Success Stories of the year. However, in 2013, it seems, these successes have been negated with reports of possibly only 100 mountain bongos left in the wild due to logging and poaching.

The bongo belongs to the genus Tragelaphus, which includes the sitatunga (T. spekeii), the nyala (T. angasii), the bushbuck (T. scriptus), the mountain nyala (T. buxtoni), the lesser kudu (T. imberbis), and the greater kudu(T. strepsiceros).

Bongos are further classified into two subspecies: T. e. eurycerus, the lowland or western bongo, and the far rarer T. e. isaaci, the mountain or eastern bongo, restricted to northeastern Central Africa. The eastern bongo is larger and heavier than the western bongo. Two other subspecies are described from West and Central Africa, but taxonomic clarification is required. They have been observed to live up to 19 years.

The generic name Tragelaphus is derived from the Greek words trago (a male goat) and elaphos (a deer), in combination referring to “an antelope”. The specific name eurycerus originated from the fusion of eurus (broad, widespread) and keras (an animal’s horn). “Bongo” is derived from a West African native name.

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This touching photo is of Kamara, a keeper at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Central Kenya, who slept among three orphaned baby rhinoceroses. The calf he rested his head on was orphaned when poachers killed his mother.

We thank keepers like Kamara that give their loving time to comfort all the helpless babies that have been left to suffer.

NATURE: A Buzz-Worthy Way to Protect Elephants

All too often, elephants raid peoples’ crops in search of food. Sometimes they’re wounded or even killed in retaliation. 

Enter the tiny solution for this giant problem: the honey bee.

Elephants, it turns out, are afraid of bees, which can sting them around the eyes and inside their trunks where their thick skin cannot protect them.

Since they were first used in 2008, fences constructed of beehives have proven incredibly effective in Kenya and other eastern African nations.

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Leopard branching out, Kenya by Albert Herbigneaux
South Kinangop, Central, Kenya

kashero  asked:

In your recent post you stated that the Samburu people live in northern Kenya, when in fact, Samburu is located in the South of Kenya. Which is also nowhere near Mt. Kenya. Please refrain from posting information that is incorrect.

Actually the Samburu people live in northern central Kenya. Samburu country is in northern Kenya.  (See green section in map below)

Which is close to mount Kenya considering Mount Kenya literally sits in central Kenya and the Samburu reserve expands to the northern side of the mountain.

You are confusing the Samburu people with the Maasai people who occupy southern Kenya (& northern Tanzania).  They are related, however they are not the same.

I suggest you take time to learn about both people, as you have adviced us. I assure you, we do our part on doing some research before posting.

Thank you :)