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Goodbye and watch out for PARTHENIUM!

By Will Knocker:

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This is East Gate…notice the Parthenium infested road verges…

KWS you should be ashamed of yourselves: the dreaded Parthenium is taking over Nairobi National Park & what have you done about it?

Nada!

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This innocuous little weed produces tens of thousands of seeds in a matter of weeks & SPREADS.

It is allalopathic (which means it poisons it’s neighbours: other plants) & contains toxic allergins which blister the mouths of grazing animals..

http://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2014/368647/

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I conducted a workshop a few years ago for FONNAP so ‘Friends’ could recognise & get rid of this horrible invasive weed

KWS did nothing & in fact prevented FONNAP from taking action from doing anything about it..

 

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Parthenium now infests most of Nairobi’s road verges: this is on the Magadi road, ouside Multi Media University…

If you see it (& nowadays most of you will have it IN YOUR GARDENS) , PULL IT UP & LEAVE IT IN SITU.

You have to keep pulling it up over time & attacking it over the long term.

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This beautiful white froth means that this rangeland had gone:UNUSABLE forever.

Cattle have been known to die after eating amounts of Parthenium & the allergins get into the milk supply..

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If you visit the Athi Basin in the Park & look along the river: you will see great drifts of Parthenium…

A REAL THREAT TO THE PARK & more widely to Kenyan rangelands generally…

PULL IT UP!

This blog is migrating to www.silolesanctuary.com if you want to continue discussions on Nairobi National Park going into the Future!

 

 

 

 

 

Portrait of a Serval

PHOTOS by NED KNOCKER:

Nairobi National Park is undoubtedly one of the best places to see servals

Here are pictures taken on the school run through the park ( the children were late, but we also saw a Martial eagle with a guinea fowl kill, herds of eland, zebra & buffalo & a brand new baby giraffe! A good excuse?)

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A Tale of Two Lionesses

By Will Knocker:

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2 lionesses patrolling the swamp below Hyena Dam….they have not eaten…

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A magnificent female lion, big & strong, but thin….

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Here she comes….

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Panting: it is hot; 11 am & she has just missed a warthog kill attempt….

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View through the windscreen: why do lions generally completely ignore vehicles?

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The second lioness, smaller & just healing from a shoulder wound, probably the result of an attack by a male

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Poor old girl: she will not survive long: no teeth……..

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Off they go (to cubs in the case of the big lioness?), tired & hungry……a lion’s life is not an easy one…..

Long Tailed Fiscal Gets Snake

By Will Knocker:

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Mum I’m HUNGRY!

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How about THIS , son?

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Stuff it in Mum!

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OK? Got it? (replies)   nnnnnnnnngggg

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Nnnnnnnng how do I swallownnng this?

Sadly couldn’t capture the last pic of a very stuffed Fiscal fledgeling with a tail sticking out of it’s beak, but if if he could speak,I’m sure it would have been MUM I FELL SICK!

Browse Rhinos in NNP

By Will Knocker:

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Yesterday was a super rhino day in NNP: this was the view from my breakfast room in the Silole Sanctuary on the edge of the Park.

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Behind the giraffe ‘gardeners’: 4 browse rhinos on the ridge (Somali Ridge) behind…..

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Then I found this lone bull a kilometer or so away……

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And then this cow on the edge of the Sosian Valley….

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And her calf…….

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Truly awesome animals, threatened by human ignorance & greed.

Twiga!

By WILL KNOCKER:

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Stretching for some juicy Zizyphus leaves….notice the browse line….

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A head of the rest……

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She can’t quite get there….

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it’s all about height….

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I’m going to lick this problem….

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Lucky I’ve got a foot of tongue left…..

(Short)Wet Season in NNP

By Will Knocker:

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The township of Kitengela lit up by the sun…..from the park.

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Plains zebra; Ngong Hills behind.

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A large mob of zebra were grazing the lush grass of the Empakasi floodplain.

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The rangeland in the park is in excellent condition, with plenty of short-grass plain habitat & plenty of grass in reserve in the Acacia drepanalobium plains in the North of the Park, in what promises to be a dry year.

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The Plain in the City.

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New Lion Cubs

Photos by DAVE McKELVIE:

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Mudbath!

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In the current stormy weather: it is raining , but not enough, for example the Athi Dam is still low…..the park’s biffaloes are enjoying.

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“mud mud glorious mud’

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‘there’s nothing quite like it for cooling the blood’

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Athi Basin Rhinos

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4 browse rhinos in the Athi Basin…..

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And 2 more on the hill above….

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3 pairs of cows & their large calves, I think………

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