By Thomas Butynski & Yvonne de Jong
Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme & Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program
Africa harbours a great diversity of primates, most of which are endemic to the continent. Of the 25 genera and 93 species of primate in Africa, Kenya has 12 genera, 19 species and 24 subspecies, and Tanzania has 14 genera, 27 species and 28 subspecies. Although primates are one of the best studied taxonomic groups in East Africa, their biogeography, abundance, and conservation status remains poorly understood.
By Helen O’Neill, PhD Student, Kenya Rangelands Wild Dog and Cheetah Project, Zoological Society of London & University College London
Cheetahs are a very wide ranging species – in most of the areas in Africa where they live, they have home ranges that are usually several hundred square kilometres in size, and in some areas have even been recorded as having home ranges of over 2,000 km²!
By Anne-Marie C. Hodge, PhD student at the University of Wyoming. Website: www.annemariehodge.com
In most people’s minds, the equator is oppressively hot. It’s buggy. It’s either monotonously sandy or a forbidding, entangled mass of enormous trees and tropical marshes. Fortunately, these stereotypes are often untrue. In central Kenya, the equatorial region is an idyllic landscape, in large part due to its elevation—the average elevation of the region is 2,010 meters (6,595 feet) above sea level. The Lolldaiga Hills, which lie just sixteen miles north of the equator, comprise a picturesque, pleasant landscape of rolling hills, a lush river corridor, and stunning highland topography. With the iconic Mount Kenya just “next door,” and the Aberdare Mountain Range not far to the southwest, one could easily compare this breathtaking landscape to Montana. The abundant African wildlife roaming the landscape will quickly remind you, however, that you are near the top of the world in one of East Africa’s paragons of biodiversity.
By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
It is almost a year ago that that the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme started a partnership with The Zoological Society of London. A joint camera trapping effort was designed to both deter wildlife poaching on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch and provide data on the area’s biological diversity. Camera traps are an efficient monitoring tool in areas which are difficult to survey using conventional direct observations. The infrared-triggered camera traps are now deployed on the Ranch and frequently moved about. Each trap is equipped with a telephone SIM card which sends images directly and immediately to ZSL’s Instant Wild application. The app user can view, identify and comment on these images.