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The small mammals of the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape

By Anne-Marie C. Hodge, PhD student at the University of Wyoming. Website:

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.

Julius Muthiu attended the ‘Primate Conservation and Research Workshop’ in Germany

In September, Mr. Julius Muthiu, a Guide/Research Technician at Lolldaiga Hills Ltd., attended the European Primate Network’s ‘Primate Conservation and Research Workshop’. This 2-week workshop, was funded by the EU and held at the German Primate Research Center, Göttingen, Germany. 

ZSL’s InstantWild Public Camera Trapping Project in the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape

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

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is working, through its ‘InstantWild’ project, and the public, to help identify species of mammals on the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape (LHCL). The partner in Kenya for this initiative is the Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme of the Sustainability Centre Eastern Africa. ZSL has provided camera traps for use in the LHCL. These camera traps have the capacity to ‘instantly’ transmit photographs to the InstantWild website and app so that the public can participate in the identification of the species in the photographs and, thereby, assist with the monitoring of species and with the development of the ‘Mammal Species List’ and ‘Bird Species List’ this landscape. This is the first time that the public has been engaged in this manner for a conservation site in Africa. Your participation in this project is most welcome…and greatly appreciated!