MIGRATION 2018: After a long and severe drought rain is falling so the grass for the large herds can grow.

Rain: November 2017 is receiving good rains in many parts in East Africa.

Electronic visa application: click here to get to the application page. The Visa should be approved within 24 hours and needs then to be printed. Currently it can also be purchased at border points and airports upon arrival.

 

Plastic ban: End of august 2017 all kind of plastic bags cot banned. http://kenyalaw.org/kenya_gazette/gazette/notice/181293

SECURITY: Please read official advises. We keenly watch the security issues and avoid areas which are not safe. So far no area where tourists move has been targeted, exept Westgate which has a lot of background stories.

 

 

 

 

Animal count in Tsavo ecosystem by KWS 10.2.2014

Provisional results of 2014 Tsavo Mkomazi of elephants

Provisional results from the just-concluded 2014 aerial census of elephants and other large mammals in Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem show that the elephant population is about 11,000, compared to 12, 573 in the previous census three years ago.

This finding indicates that the elephant population in the Tsavo ecosystem is fairly stable and has potential for growth, according to Dr Erustus Kanga, the Kenya Wildlife Service Senior Assistant Director for Biodiversity.
Since 1999 when systematic counts were started, the elephant population has oscillated as follows: 1999 (9,447 elephants) 2002 (9,284), 2005 (11,742), 2008 (11,733), 2011 (12, 573), and 2014 (11,076).
This indicates that the Tsavo elephant population in the 48,656 square kilometre ecosystem has been stable despite numerous challenges related to poaching, livestock incursions into protected areas, charcoal burning and general change in land use patterns in the dispersal areas and corridors.
Going forward it’s expected that with these results, stakeholders will join hands with Kenya Wildlife Service to actively address factors that are likely to negate conservation gains that have been made this far.

The aerial counts have been conducted to establish the trends of elephants in the expansive Tsavo-Mkomazi ecosystem and they are held every three years. Mkomazi in Tanzania, Tsavo West, Tsavo East, Chyulu Hills national parks, South Kitui National Reserve as well as the adjacent areas of Taita ranches and Mackinnon area in Kwale were covered in the four days. The total aerial census counted elephants and other large mammals.
The census was co-funded by the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), African Elephant Fund (AEF), David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) and Monitoring Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE.
A total of 15 aircraft were used in the survey that included five from KWS and 10 from conservation partners namely: DSWT (4), Tsavo Trust (1), Masai Wilderness Conservation Trust – MWCT (1), Save The Elephants –STE – (1), William Craig (1), Peter Zennetti (1) and Rod Evans (1).

The 15 aircraft with GPS technology comprehensively covered 48,656 square kilometers of the ecosystem. Other animals counted besides elephants were zebra, buffalo, giraffe, wild dogs, rhino, eland and lion as well as large birds such as ostrich.

The census participants numbering 130 were drawn from a multiplicity of disciplines: pilots, ecologists, conservation managers, aircraft technicians, GIS experts, data loggers, data analysts, security officials, radio operators, drivers, procurement officers, accountants, conservation education officers, workshop managers, community wildlife officers, aerial census experts (Marwell Wildlife), database officers, communication experts, etc.
Since this was a trans-boundary census, the Republic of Tanzania was represented by officials from Tanzania National Parks Authority (TANAPA) and Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI).

Aerial counts of the Tsavo ecosystem have been carried out since the 1960’s. The results help KWS and stakeholders to understand wildlife numbers, wildlife distribution, trends in wildlife numbers and trends in land use changes outside the Government protected areas. Armed with these information, policy makers and park management are able make sound decisions on resource allocation for operations and conflict management.
Mr Ben Kavu, the KWS Deputy Director in charge of Devolution and Community Wildlife Service, this morning announced the provisional results at census tallying centre at Sarova Taita Hills Game Lodge.
The results also indicated that a good number and diversity of wildlife exists outside of the boundaries of the national parks. Mr Kavu called on County Governments and other land owners to borrow a leaf from the County Government of Taita Taveta and establish wildlife conservation areas to enable them to tap into the growing tourism industry.

Taita Taveta County Governor Mr John Mruttu recently announced that his county had identified a 10,000 acres piece of land in the Bachuma area that they would like to put under wildlife conservation. KWS has promised to give such county governments all the technical support required to make this a reality.
This year’s Tsavo census has been held at a time when the world is concerned about wildlife population trends against the backdrop of climate change, declining ecosystems, environmental and development issues.

Indeed this week, Prof Judi Wakhungu, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Water and Natural Resources is leading a high powered delegation that includes KWS officials to a global conference on wildlife in London.

Mr Kavu expressed Kenya’s appreciation to the global community for the importance being given to wildlife conservation given the value to an economy like Kenya’s. He said Kenyans were eagerly looking forward to the outcome of the London conference.
The census is part of a global elephant monitoring system, a directive from the 173-member Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The results form the basis of wildlife trade related decisions on ivory trade.

 

 

 

 

21 rhinos were transported from Lewa Downs and Lake Nakuru National park to Borana Ranch.
http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/2013/09/kws-moves-21-rhinos-to-borana-rhino-sanctuary/

An other very disturbing topic is brutal murder of rhinos and elephants. The high demand for ivory and rhino horn mainly from China is fuelling the killings. Poachers are often well equipped and so far also a few rangers have lost their lives. For sure corruption is partly to be blamed for the poachers and dealers success but the syndicates are well organised.

Eseriani Wildlife Association is handling human/wilflife conflicts. Updates are on Facebook.
 

 

 

 

Why not travel during low season from May until end of June or November? Yes, it is rainy season, but that does not mean that it rains the whole day and with the current rain pattern it does often not rain for days. Thunderstorms can paint the sky in such a fascinating way, that pictures just look great. Flowers start coming up everywhere and animals are looking healthy and strong with all the fresh food around.

Many lodges/hotels have very attractive offers during this seasons. Just let us know your wishes!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uwe Skrzypczak is wildlife photographer, book author, writer of interesting articles, conservationist and a friend. Follow his work on his website, get captured by his amazing pictures which proof his profound knowledge of wildlife and learn how to shoot better pictures for your album. Uwe is also supporting the protection of the Serengeti National park.

Link to his photos                                         Link to book trailers

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Uwe Skrzypczak about himself and his work:

“Primarily I write my books to contribute a little bit to the future existence of Serengeti and Masai Mara and to fill my readers with enthusiasm about East Africa.

My books for children are illustrated with many pictures and narrate the growing up of some of the most important wild animals Africa’s. I wish to plant the seed in children for when they become adults they will contribute to preserve the Serengeti and Masai Mara.

The reader will find diverse information  in my book „Wildlife Photography“  . It is not alone guidance to wildlife photography, not only a travel report and not only an essay of the characteristics of digital photography. No, it should be a combination of all components.

In my blogs I see a further opportunity to alert you about the problems in the region und to wake interest in many people.

I can not measure my work, but to lean back and do nothing wouldn’t be my lifestyle either. I hope to infect more with love for Africa and the wish to protect biotopes and species.

A safari into the Serengeti ecosystem is a journey back to the roots of human evolution. Today it is scientifically accepted that the area of the Great Rift Valley is the cradle of mankind.

You find one of the highest animal densities in the Serengeti ecosystem. It is a microcosm containing most of all known African predators and larger mammals;  lions, leopards, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, buffalos, giraffes, crocodiles, gazelles and antelopes. Additionally are the large herds of zebras and wildebeests roaming the area throughout the year.

I don’t think I still have to answer the question if it is worth it since who ever experienced these spectacles of nature and Africa will be infected by the Africa-virus and keep on returning.

For more information about my photos, my books and my work click here: http://www.serengeti-wildlife.com.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Serengeti is not yet safe:  www.savetheserengeti.org

 

 

 

Yellow fever is currently spreading in Northern Uganda. To protect everyone all East African countries have declared a vaccination against yellow fever mandatory. Kenya only demands the vaccination when a yellow fever country had been visited before. The stamp in the international vaccination certificate must be older than 10 days. For any further vaccination or precaution please consult a tropical medical centre.