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Research on Lolldaiga Hills’ poisonous rodent—the Maned Rat

Sara B. Weinstein, Mpala-Smithsonian Postdoctoral Fellow, Mpala Research Centre
Department of Biology, University of Utah and National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Institution

Many animals defend against predation by co-opting the chemical defenses of their food. Although this poison sequestration behaviour has been most studied in butterflies, similar behaviours occur in other insects, amphibians and even birds (Savitzky et al. 2012, Nishida 2014).

Lolldaiga Lion

Written by Michelle Werrett, [Website:]

My visit to Lolldaiga Hills Ranch in February 2018, was a visit to my dear friends, Robert and Susie. It was wonderful to spend time with them, to stay in their cedar-log home with an atmosphere rich as African honey and a temptingly abstractive library, and to see the ranch. I quickly fell in love with the land.

Undescribed species and genera of Metarbelidae moths (Lepidoptera, Cossoidea) from Lolldaiga Hills Ranch, central Kenya

By Ingo Lehmann, Michael Roberts, Julius Mwenda Mathiu and Thomas M. Butynski

Moths in the family Metarbelidae are nocturnal, small to medium in size, and are usually rare. The majority of species are endemic to areas <50,000 km2. Sites that have been light-trapped extensively for several years typically yield only 1–4 species of Metarbelidae moth.