Kenya has the second-highest record of birds in Africa, after Congo, with more than 1100 bird species. At least eight of these are national endemics. Around 170 of Kenya’s bird species are Palearctic migrants, mainly from eastern Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Siberia. Another 60 species migrate regularly within the Afrotropics or from Madagascar. Some 335 species are found in forest; 230 species are entirely forest dependent. The best time to birdwatch in Kenya is September to April when migratory birds from Europe and North Africa are present.
From Bamburi to Nakuru
Three wildlife species have been translocated from the Lafarge Eco-system’s Haller Park (formerly Bamburi Nature Trail) in Bamburi, Mombasa, to the Tindress Wildlife Sanctuary (TWS), Nakuru. The wild animals included waterbuck, eland and oryx. The translocation was successful, with all animals and personnel arriving safely except for one female oryx that succumbed to respiratory distress while in transit.
Dashed hopes for rare rhino
Hopes of saving the critically endangered northern white rhino from extinction were dashed following the recent death of the 42-year-old female rhino in San Diego Safari Park in California. Nola’s death leaves Ol Pejeta Conservancy in central Kenya as the place hosting the world’s only remaining northern white rhino: two females and one ageing male.
“We are confronted with a choice which cannot be ignored: either to improve or to destroy the environment. Every step we take, whether large or small, individual or collective, in caring for creation opens a sure path for that generous and worthy creativity which brings out the best in human beings. We believe that human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good and making a new start. This conviction leads us to hope that, whereas the post-industrial period may well be remembered as one of the most irresponsible in history, humanity at the dawn of the twenty-first century will be remembered for having generously shouldered its grave responsibilities.”
Said Pope Francis at the United Nations Office in Nairobi, Kenya, during his maiden pastoral visit to Africa.