Tom Butynski and Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
On 1 September 2017, the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme submitted an application to Nature Kenya and BirdLife for recognition of the ‘Lolldaiga-Mukogodo-Ewaso N’yiro’ Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA).
Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
A flock of at least 20 knob-billed ducks Sarkidiornis melanotos was observed on 1 May 2017 at Dam Baharini, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. This brings the total number of species on the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Bird List to 383.
By Tom Butynski & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
Eleven species have been added to the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch Bird List since July 2016.
By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
Grévy’s zebra Equus grevyi are not often observed on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. The two adult male Grévy’s zebra observed on Christmas Day, 2014, were the first records for this species on the Ranch in several years. A citizen science survey, ‘The Great Grévy’s Rally’, conducted in January 2016, found that the number of Grévy’s zebras in Kenya is between 2,257 and 2,443, and that Laikipia County supports the largest number of this ‘Endangered’ species in Kenya (Berger-Wolf et al. 2016).
On 30 December 2016, an adult male Grévy’s zebra was captured in northeast Lolldaiga Hills Ranch by a camera trap of the Zoological Society of London/Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme’s Camera Trapping Project. These are only the second set of camera trap photographs of this species on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch. The first camera trap photographs of this species were obtained in 2015. This individual is different from the adult male photographed by Paul Benson on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch on 6 March 2017.
Adult male Grévy’s zebras Equus grevyi on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch on 6 March 2017. Photograph by Paul Benson.
Berger-Wolf, J.C., Holberg, J., Parham, J., Stewart, C., Low Mackey, B., Kahumbu, P. & Rubenstein, D. 2016. The Great Grevy’s Rally: The Need, Methods, Findings, Implications and Next Steps. Unpublished report. Website: www.laikipia.org