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Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

The Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme (LHRP) was initiated on 1st August 2013. The goal of the LHRP is to maintain....

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Biodiversity

Biodiversity

Although additional surveys have yet to be undertaken, there can be no doubt that the Ranch supports well over half of the species of plants and animals present in Laikipia County.

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Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme

Newsletter

The Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme Newsletter is produced bi-monthly. Visit the Newsletter page to download earlier issues.

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Lolldaiga Hills

About Lolldaiga Hills

Lolldaiga Hills Ranch is a 200 km2 (49,000 acre) cattle ranch and wildlife conservancy. Located 20 km north west of Mount Kenya at an altitude of 1,800 – 2,300 m, the Ranch has outstanding views of Mount Kenya and the Aberdares.

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Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape

About the Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape

The Lolldaiga Hills Conservation Landscape (LHCL) is comprised of four properties; Lolldaiga (ca. 200 km²), Ole Naishu (ca. 125 km²), Enasoit (ca. 17 km²), and Ol Jogi (ca. 210 km²)...

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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: 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.


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!


Lolldaiga Hills’ smallest antelope—the suni

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.


  • Species List

    Interested which species are supported by the Lolldaiga Hills? Click here to see our species lists!

    Species List
  • Instant Wild

    See what is happening in the Lolldaiga Hills right now. Check out our instant camera traps!

    Instant Wild
  • iNaturalist

    Take your 'bino's and share your Lolldaiga Hills sightings with us! Your help is much appreciated!

    Share Your Sightings
  • Species List

    Interested which species are supported by the Lolldaiga Hills? Click here to see our species lists!

    Species List
  • Instant Wild

    See what is happening in the Lolldaiga Hills right now. Check out our instant camera traps!

    Instant Wild
  • iNaturalist

    Take your 'bino's and share your Lolldaiga Hills sightings with us! Your help is much appreciated!

    Share Your Sightings