The most expensive birds in the world!

In an African context or any context that matters, when you are known to be vicious, greedy and appalling you don’t and you shouldn’t be ranked for a pity party. AndWe Vultures aren’t asking for one. We are "Natures-cleaning crew", I bet you didn't know that! Why should you while it’s easier to join the chorus of those besmirching our reputation rather than bother to understand us. Maybe because we don’t make it into the wild celebrity list. But that has never been our priority since our work is self-evident. We are 23 species in the world. Sadly, 8 species are critically endangered. Trust me, it worries me too. 3 species are endangered, another 3 species are near threatened and only 2 species are relatively safe- for now anyway. Still wondering what that means?  In my view they need more care, to avert predictable crisis.
Our declining population status is a result of barbaric activities. Humans, what did we ever do to you? First, some of you poison us, deliberate or n…

When survival is the only option

You think living in a city is frantic, try the highways of actual wilderness. Forget the streets; you wouldn’t make it out there alive. Life here is busier, dangerous and very unpredictable. For all you know, when you are a Zebra a pride of lions could be lounging under a tree waiting for you take the wrong turn and they come for you like Satan. A cheetah could be exercising its high speed on a gazelle; the poor thing barely gets time to scream for help, which is not considered a wise idea you could be attracting a more powerful jaw or claw.

When you are a king or a dominant male, you can barely celebrate your kingdom in fear of losing status to some young goon brothers who stroll nearby waiting to fill up muscles to gang up and take over your territory. Sole reason being your women look healthier and more productive and you can’t really blame them. Everybody wants to be remembered after all. If not all the above the vast area makes it really easy to bump into your worst enemy, you eit…

The Ringo marvel

Less than 5 Kilometers from where the equator cuts across the heart of the Ol Pejeta conservancy is the most playful, sweet and curious rhino you will ever meet. His name is Ringo and his life is a miracle.  Contrary to what we may want to imagine, in the Rhinos world, there is no space for "cute". It's a knotty existence made even more complicated by the fact that poachers hack their way through their numbers and have left a handful of rhinos where hundreds of thousands lived.  Ringo was born with a severe complication, and either the mother knew he would not survive or she lost hope of the sons' recovery. She opted to walk away and left him in the middle of the world for dead- sick, cold and lonely. In place of his mother's security, touch and milk, he awaited nothing but the hungry embrace of a lion or hyena's jaw 
His luck, however, turned when Ol Pejeta Rangers who had been keeping an eye on his pregnant mother found him and took him to the resident vet. …

Standard bird rule- Be attractive

Avian wild beauties, height, waistline and size are insignificant cut lines. The wild winning plumage matures either uniformly to adulthood or changes during the breeding season, an energy consuming transformation which represents genetic continuity or lack of it. In the wild male selection arena, other than you must appear attractive, male birds show off their skill-set in nest building, dancing and singing to whatever it takes to impress your kind. Although some birds are monogamous and pair for life most of them will chose or will be chosen during the breeding season. For you to get a mate you got to shake your tail feathers (in my opinion only birds should do that) 1
A bird lover or not, the rollers will have you roll down your mirror for a sneak peek. Unmistakably stunning, they are not shy to show it off, they parade-perch by the road side, dry tree branches or anthills mostly in protected areas. For the record both sexes have a similar plumage and they…

“African black death”

Seeking trouble.  These wild warriors were born ready, they continue to prepare till old age, you know, just in case. The African Cape buffalo (Syncerus caffer) has an inbuilt nasty temperament that gets worse with age. They are among three herbivores in the famed African big five and they represent large herbivores in the wild, roaming the savanna's in large herds sometimes exceeding 300 individuals. In Kenya, the Ol Pejeta Conservancy is home to a few thousands of these beasts.

These burly herbivores, are equipped with a large set of horns which fuse together to form a bullet repelling BOSS. The dangerous horns are used in defense against predators, they are intimidating in size and appearance, and they swiftly use them to toss unlucky predators or humans. They rank high among Africa’s most dangerous animals and known to kill over 200 humans annually. Being gregarious contributes highly to their success in reproduction and  survival of young ones because of assured security. Whe…

A wild affair

An affair that doesn’t develop over time, one that isn’t enhanced by time or by circumstances but it’s the kind that lies within your conscious, bubbling until you take heed and pursue.  One that you have to learn how to tame and live with, one that you are supposed to express to beings of your kind that never bother to understand, and no one barely understands why anyone would make a career out of it. Living in economic times where we are expected to be converting everything we can lay our eyes on into coins that would then translate into what we all refer to as a decent lifestyle and career. 

But like they say there is nothing wrong with being different and after all people respect you for the decisions make and trail. As the planet has it there is nothing really new and my kind do exist and some even exceed my heights of passion towards Wild animals. Our kind has been described as those who are obsessed about creatures who are occupying a turf meant for developing or should be of…

Surreal Ol Lentile Santuary

Ol Lentille Sanctuary is curved impalpably at one of Laikipias plenteous straddling hills. The thoroughfare to this spectacular haven is agonizingly long, bumpy and seems infinite. Three hours from Nanyuki town meandering past acacia dominated wild vastness; the road ascends steeply and gradually unveils the extensive plains that appear to scamper to the horizon.

 Lassitude wears off instantaneously at the tranquil grandeur the plains divulge.  The serene backdrop from the hilltop is stunning, the urge to just stop time and freeze in the moment kicks in, one hopes to soak in the splendor and to never recover from these delightful hypnosis.

Each and every modification, decoration and collection to either of the buildings and the staircases are circumspectly arched to fit in flawlessly. The swimming pool is strategically positioned in full view of the far-reaching plains and the outlook from any observation point is expertly selected to exhibit bewildering panorama.