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Archive for August, 2015

341 bird species listed for Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

By Tom Butynski & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

The bird list for the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch was up-dated the 1st of August 2015. The list is now composed of 341 species. Of these, 10 are globally threatened with extinction; six are ‘Endangered’ and four are ‘Vulnerable’. Seven species are ‘Near Threatened’. Click here to view the list.

Hartlaub's turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi)

Hartlaub’s turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi), one of the 341 bird species supported by Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. Photograph by Paul Benson.

 


99 mammal species listed for the Lolldaiga Hills

By Tom Butynski & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

The mammal list for the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape was up-dated on 1 August 2015. The list is now composed of 99 species, among which 21 are carnivores and 25 are ungulates. Of the mammal species known to occur in this landscape, seven are globally threatened with extinction; one is ‘Critically Endangered’, two are ‘Endangered’, and four are ‘Vulnerable’. Six species are ‘Near Threatened’. Click here to view the list.

Aardvark (Oryxteropus afer) at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. Photograph obtained by the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme in partnership with The Zoological Society of London.

Aardvark (Oryxteropus afer) at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. Photograph obtained by the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme in partnership with The Zoological Society of London.


Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund meeting held on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch

By Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Twenty-two people met at Lolldaiga Hills Ranch during 21-25 July 2015 for a mid-term review of the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund’s (CEPF) investment in the Eastern Afromontane Biodiversity Hotspot.  A ‘CEPF Board Meeting’ and a ‘CEPF Regional Implementation Team Meeting’ were also held.  

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In order to provide the members of CEPF with more information about Laikipia County and its conservation values, activities, and needs, the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme organized a round table titled, ‘Laikipia County:  Conservation and Research’. 

The following presentations were made:

  • Chris Thouless – Biodiversity and conservation in the Laikipia area
  • Truman Young –  Conflict and coexistence between livestock and biodiversity:  Results of recent research in Laikipia
  • Peter Hetz –  Role of research and citizen science in a conservation membership organization – the Laikipia Wildlife Forum 2015 and beyond
  • Kuki Gallmann – Ol Ari Nyiro Important Bird Area and Key Biodiversity Area