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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…