Update from our Africa volunteer project working on the Big Five and biodiversity in the Maasai Mara of Kenya
We have spent the last 10 weeks fully immersed in our Maasai Mara project, but we have now packed up, dropped the cars back to the hire company and waved our final goodbyes to the local team and our expeditioners.
The last week has been challenging with the ground becoming waterlogged and muddy due to the early onset of the wet season, but group 4 mastered it all with great attitude. They faced down all adversity with aplomb and persevered in all conditions. Well done!
Here are some collated headline data from our biodiversity monitoring research:
64,801 total animals recorded
915 raptors and endangered birds
47,204 mammals recorded on vehicle transects with a total distance of 1,124 km including sightings of lions, cheetahs, elephants, leopards and bush pigs
170 km driven on transect in Enonkishu, 342 km driven on transect in Mbokishi and 533 km driven on transect in Ol Chorro
Foot patrols recorded 274 samples of scat and 212 of footprints over a total distance of 48 km
126 hours of waterhole observation with 14,783 animals recorded
1,899 iconic species/ interesting animal activity recorded via mammal mapping
11,211 images captured by hotspot cameras that contained images of animals
Now that the Kenya expedition has come to a close, we would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the people that made this expedition successful.
The team at the Wild Hub who looked after us. The who logistics team kept us and the vehicles from Market Car Hire going for the whole ten weeks, despite a difficult start. The rangers at Enonkishu, Mbokishi and Ol Chorro who have been alongside us through rain and shine and imparted so much knowledge and information on us and our expeditioners. We couldn’t have done this without you, so thank you for your hard work.
Thank you also to our expedition scientists Roland and Rebekah for their committment, insights and hard work. And most of all thank you to the 49 citizen scientists who gave up their valuable holiday time to assist with and money to fund this research – we absolutely could not have done this without you. We know that you could have spent the 13 days on a beach somewhere sipping mojitos, but you came to Kenya, woke up at 06:00 every day and worked relentlessly, so that we could collect these data. We appreciate each and every one of you, your hard work, dedication and ability to put up with our bad jokes even when you are exhausted from a full days work. We really hope to see you on another Biosphere Expedition very soon. Take care and we hope that you will cherish the memories of Kenya as fondly as we will.