Kenya: Trail blazed

Update from our Africa volunteer project working on the Big Five and biodiversity in the Maasai Mara of Kenya

Group 1 left on Friday with Roland driving a small contigent to Mulot, others making their way to the Maasai Mara for safari and still others choosing to fly from the local airstrip. The first leg of this expedition has passed in the blink of an eye and group 1 have left big boots to fill for the upcoming groups.

Below are some headline data that outline the hours of hard work put in by our first group:

  • Over 10,000 total animals recorded. 164 raptors and endangered birds recorded in 79 sightings including 28 grey crowned cranes in one sighting.
  • 9572 mammals recorded on 14 vehicle transects with a total distance of 260km.
  • 9 foot patrols completed recording scat including samples of aardvark and jackal scat plus footprints of elephants and hippos were photographed close to human settlement.
  • Two 14-hour waterhole observations with hyaenas, civet and lots of zebras, buffaloes and giraffes.
  • 308 iconic species recorded whilst not on transect (lions, leopards and elephants among others).
  • 6 hotspot cameras placed in locations with good chances of recording charismatic species.
  • Countless hours spent by Roland hunched over a laptop like a mad scientist, tweaking and perfecting the Cybertracker app and ironing out the quirks found on individual phones so that we can collate these data.

Group 2 – we look forward to meeting you and get stuck into the science all over again. We are set up to welcome you and the sunsets promise to put on a display. See you tomorrow.

Update from our Africa volunteer project working on the Big Five and biodiversity in the Maasai Mara of Kenya

2 Replies to “Kenya: Trail blazed”

  1. I’d like to know what qualifies as a ‘charismatic’ species? Would an example be a seated lion in lounge slippers and silk cravat, smoking a cigar and looking nonchalant? πŸ˜‰

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