April 22, 2009

Kenya’s Big Five

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 7:13 am

The ‘Big Five’ phrase was coined by big game hunters where they found it very difficult to hunt on foot;Panthera leo (lion),Loxodanta African(African Elephant),Syncerus cuffer( Bufallo),Diceros Bicornis(Blackrhinoceros),Panthera pardus(Leopard) .The five mammals are among the most dangerous animals in the wild.
The Big Five are found in African countries;South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Botswana.Conservationist state that the big five don’t include any endangered species.

* The Lion (Panthera leo) is a large carnivorous feline of Africa and northwest India, having a short tawny coat, a tufted tail, and, in the male, a heavy mane around the neck and shoulders.

* The African elephant (Loxodonta Africana) is a very large herbivore having thick, almost hairless skin, a long, flexible, prehensile trunk, upper incisors forming long curved tusks of ivory, and large, fan-shaped ears. There are two distinct species of African elephant: African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis) and the African Bush Elephant (Loxodonta africana).

* The African Buffalo or Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large horned bovid. It is the most dangerous of the Big Five, reportedly causing the most hunter deaths.[citation needed]

* The Leopard (Panthera pardus) is a large, carnivorous feline having either tawny fur with dark rosette-like markings or black fur. Leopards are the most difficult to acquire hunting licenses for and are often difficult to hunt due to their behavior and their nocturnal feeding habits. Leopard hunting usually overlaps several weeks of baiting.

* The Rhinoceros is a large, thick-skinned, herbivore having one or two upright horns on the snout. In Africa, there are two distinct species of rhinoceros; the Black Rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis) and the White Rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum). Both of these species have two upright horns on the snout.(Wikipedia)

April 21, 2009

Villagers in Eastern province turn to poaching as starvation hit kambaland

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 9:43 am

Snares and arrows are now used to clamp and kill by poachers in the arid Machakos District of Eastern province.This calls for a concerted effort between relevant stakeholders in order to contain these vices.

The most affected animals are the antelopes,wildebeests and deer.Following the persistent droughts experienced in ukambani and the environs people are starving and hence poaching is becoming even more sophisticated.

That dependency should be such that it is sustainable in order to avoid their depletion since charcoal burning is also rampant in the area where resources have been depleted then the ecosystem restoration is necessary.Where species have been poached translocation frrom other ranging areas for reintroduction must follow.

As the droughts continue,more people are heading to the forest in search of an alternative formof income specifically charcoal burning and population of the species can only survive if they have large enough habitataor enough possibilities to interact with other populations.Due to the fragmentation of their habitats as aresult of changes in land use,many species in Kenya have disappeared or may diasappear in the near future if we do not protect the m and their habitats.

April 20, 2009

Elephants Endangered

Filed under: Introduction — parto @ 5:47 am

As tourism is the second in revenue generating from agriculture,we have to protect the game and their habitat as this will make many of our wildlife extinct in the next 10 years.It is estimated that about 37,000 African elephants are killed by poachers each year and in Kenya alone the number of poached elephants has doubled in the past 12 months .

Conservationist are now claiming that the ivory confiscation and increase in poaching were proof that fears expressed at the time of the sale would fuel renewed demand for illegal tusks have come true as to the controversial convention on International Trade in Endangered species where cities to approve the sale to China and Japan of 108 tonnes of tusks from four South African Countries with sustainable elephant populations.

Campaigners believe the legal trade is being used as a disguise to smuggle ivory to China,where there is burgeoning demand for names seals,carvings and polished tusks and concern that newly introduced counter trafficking measures are inadequate.

These alarmingly successive incidents are an indication that there is an escalation in elephant poaching in African range states and an upsurge in illegal trade of ivory in the Far East markets.The ban on the sale of ivory has been credited with halting catastrophic decline in Africa’s elephant population.War on illegal ivory and game smuggling is spread on all the cities will this lead to the decline of the illegal trade.

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