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Black rhino hunting permit auctioned for $350,000

Tue, 2014-01-14 16:31 by Hans

By NOMAAN MERCHANT and MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press

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A permit to hunt an endangered African black rhino sold for $350,000 at a Dallas auction held to raise money for conservation efforts but criticized by wildlife advocates.

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Jaboya vs. jakambi: status, negotiation and HIV risks among female migrants in the "sex for fish" economy in Nyanza, Kenya

Mon, 2013-11-25 08:06 by Hans

Carol S. Camlin, Zachary A. Kwena, and Shari L. Dworkin

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Abstract

In Nyanza Province, Kenya, HIV incidence is highest (26.2%) in the beach communities along Lake Victoria. Prior research documented high mobility and HIV risks among fishermen; mobility patterns and HIV risks faced by women in fishing communities are less well researched. This study aimed to characterize forms of mobility among women in the fish trade in Nyanza; describe the spatial and social features of beaches; and assess characteristics of the “sex-for-fish” economy and its implications for HIV prevention.

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Kenyans chase down and catch goat-killing cheetahs

Sat, 2013-11-16 21:28 by Hans
The captured cheetahs are now in the hands of the Kenya Wildlife Service

Four villagers in north-east Kenya have chased down and captured two cheetahs which were killing their goats.

Read the complete article at BBC News

The owner of the goats told the BBC that the cheetahs had been picking off his animals one by one, day by day.

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Kenya aquifers discovered in dry Turkana region

Thu, 2013-09-12 15:52 by Hans
Test drilling confirmed there was water underneath the arid ground

BBC News Africa

A huge water source has been discovered in the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya which could supply the country for 70 years, the government says.

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The discovery of two aquifers brings hope to the drought-hit region, tweeted Environment Minister Judi Wakhungu.

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Cheetahs’ secret weapon: a tight turning radius

Sat, 2013-06-15 11:26 by Hans

By KATIE HILER

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Anyone who has watched a cheetah run down an antelope knows that these cats are impressively fast. But it turns out that speed is not the secret to their prodigious hunting skills: a novel study of how cheetahs chase prey in the wild shows that it is their agility — their skill at leaping sideways, changing directions abruptly and slowing down quickly — that gives those antelope such bad odds.

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Kenya overhauls wildlife laws following rise in elephant and rhino deaths

Sat, 2013-06-08 08:34 by Hans

Cabinet sends strong message to Kenyans that things are changing fast, the wildlife sector will thrive and who seek to destroy the wildlife asset will not be tolerated

Paula Kahumbu

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Kenya's Cabinet has approved a complete overhaul of the country's national wildlife legislation by approving the Wildlife Bill and Policy, in one of the swiftest responses to the recent reports of escalating poaching of elephants and rhinos. Parliament is expected to quickly ratify this decision which will open a new era of wildlife conservation in Kenya where tourism which is largely wildlife-based generates 12% of the Gross Domestic Product and creates over 300,000 jobs.

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Cheetah Cub in Samburu

Mon, 2013-05-20 11:30 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Cheetah cub tied outside manyatta Discussing the situation with rangers and community

In this year’s IUCN Conference of the Parties meeting it was stated that IUCN recognized the threat to cheetahs posed by the illegal pet trade. As explained in previous blogs, our fecal detection dog project will assist in gathering necessary information about the region of origin using genetic markers. Currently it is not known if the confiscated cubs originate in Kenya or if our country is the passing route for cheetahs from other countries.

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Salama Field Work

Mon, 2013-05-20 11:20 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Cosmas Wambua, Job Mathiya and Peter Barber on morning game count Rising rain clouds on morning game count

In the past three months, Cosmas has completed two driving game counts in the Salama study area. Peter Barber returned to Kenya from Canada to visit different areas of Kenya and to assist ACK. Peter has assisted with driving and walking game counts for the last several years. In the May game count Cosmas and Peter saw a serval cat on the Kima ranch – this is the first serval seen during a game count since 2008. We are grateful to Peter for all of his support including game count driving!

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KWS Officers visit Salama Research Area

Mon, 2013-05-20 11:16 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Charles Musyoki, Cosmas Wambua, Deana Russell and Bernard Kuloba on KWS visit to Salama field site Cosmas Wambua talks to KWS Charles Musyoki

Our research has been affiliated with KWS since 2001. Each year we submit study results, achievements and data to KWS to assist with cheetah conservation decisions. In the field we work closely with the Senior Warden, Community Warden, Science Officer and Area Rangers. During project planning we consult with specialists in the topic of our proposed study. Senior research offices read through and approve proposals, and authorize our work. It was our pleasure to host two of the senior officers to our Salama research site in late March. It is the goal of Dr.

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Scat Analysis

Sun, 2013-05-19 22:50 by ACK Mary · Forum/category:
Deanna sorting poop containers from samples collected in 2012 Viola Rono with Yumi Yamani learning the process of cleaning and mounting hair

Deanna has also been assisting in setting up the laboratory portion of the scat prey hair analysis. We hired Viola Rono as the laboratory technician. Viola had training in Biology and Micro-biology and had previously conducted an internship with the KWS laboratory through the veterinary department. Viola has perfected the mounting methodology for the hair analysis and has developed the guide key that will allow us to determining the prey selection of cheetahs from the 200 scats collected in Salama and Athi Kapiti in 2012.