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Kipini Conservancy Invites YOU!!

Do you long to be one with nature? Or do you just need a well deserved  break? Do you want to help in conservation first hand?

Are you a student on gap year? Do you want a unique yet fun and exciting time to volunteer?

Are you a wildlife researcher? Are you in need of a rare and unique ecosystem in which to do your research?

If the answer to all or any of the questions is yes, then Kipini Conservancy would like to invite you to pay us a visit.

While here you can get the chance to interact with the local communities and see how they live, and if you like, spend a day or two and live as they live… The true local experience….  Just look at the picture. Would you not like to experience a traditional african living experience?

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If you are more inclined towards aquatic lifestyles and activities, you also have the opportunity to interact (swim, see…) dolphins.

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Or if you are feeling adventurous, you can go for dhow rides in the Indian Ocean with the locals.

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The options and activities are boundless.

If this interests you, feel free to get in touch with us, and share in the beauty and wonder that is Kipini Conservancy!!

The Wild Side of Kipini: The Animal Story

Kipini Conservancy: Hakuna Njia. That is swahili for No Route or No access or not through way. But this is only for those who have malicious intent.Allow me to welcome you to Kipini.Pictures are worth a thousand words… thats if you know that many of course.The following story is one of pictures (and some words).This story is of what you will find in Kipini.If you were a carnivore or four legged quadruped or even a  2 legged flying mammal… or if you want the extreme end, a 6 – 100 legged creepy crawly, would you like to live here? (referring to the picture mate).It looks beautiful doesn’t it?Clear blue skies, water, green fields… I could go on until i run out words to use. If your a modest, yet in my opinion misguided walking creature like the crab, you will find a home here. In Kipini you will and can find common and not so common wildlife. You will find the large and majestic African Elephants, Hippos, Waterbuck, Kongoni, Impala. You name it. But those are the large ones. You can find smaller yet equally beautiful species here too. Although i know not their official names, look at the pictures. The frog no bigger than a coin, crawlers like the centipede and millipede… I will let the pictures say the rest.  But its not all a bed of roses and heavenly bliss. Amongst  certain species… actually all species of animals, there will be the occasional fight. Just ask him. And no the way he is wearing his horn is not the latest buffalo trend that didnt bode well with his comrades. What set out as a normal family fun day out turned out badly for one buffalo as he probably overstepped his grass eating privileges. This was of course not taken lightly by his kin folk. If you would like to experience and see all the drama, beauty and life for yourself, feel free to contact us. We would be glad to share this wonderful and beautiful world with you!!! 

Elephant Collaring Program in Kipini

In February of this year, Save the Elephants (STE), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kibodo Trust and Kipini Conservancyembarked on a joint effort to put GPS collars on the elephants along the north coast of Kenya, north of Lamu and along the Tana River.  This project aimed at increasing on the already existing knowledge on the remnants of elephants in this biological hotspot. The numbers of coastal elephants is unknown, but we estimate they may be less than a thousand. They may also be part of overall elephant population migrating in the broader coastal and inland area.The vastness of the area in combination with the low estimated number of elephants in the areas, made location of target individuals difficult. In addition, the dense vegetation made spotting very hard. Therefore only two of the three project collars were deployed and none of the additional collars offered by Save the Elephants were used. No fresh signs of elephants were detected in the main area of Dodori and Boni forest and collaring efforts was therefore concentrated within the three other selected areas. Two of the three additional collars showed signs of potential problems with battery voltage and need to be properly tested before any potential future deployment.Two collars were successfully deployed on elephants, one in Kipini Conservancy and one by the Tana River Delta. The collars were deployed in areas selected prior to the operation although none were deployed in the core area due to no current signs of elephants in this area. It is likely that the elephants normally residing in these areas have migrated away due to the current drought and drying of the majority of water sources Data is now streaming in to the STE server and is accessible for project partners. This constantly updated information is especially valuable for KWS as the near real time data can be used on a daily basis for security and operational planning in the area.The day to day monitoring of elephant movements will increase security and help anti poaching efforts. Additionally the movement data will provide information about connectivity between habitat segments as well as help raise awareness about the unique coastal ecosystem.The collaring operation was a collaboration involving Save the Elephants and KWS with further input from the Kibodo Trust, and could not have been achieved without the availability of the helicopter provided by Halvor Astrup on site, including the donation of three hours flying time. Easy access to the data is provided through Google Earth from the server operated by STE, and funded by Safaricom Foundation.It was a difficult exercise as the number of elephants in the area was low. And due to the vegetation, aerial spotting also proved difficult. There were a total of 3 collars that were to be used in this exercise. Only 2 managed to be deployed. One of the collars was deployed in Kipini while the other was deployed in the Tana River Delta area. Data on the movements and locations of these elephants is available on the Save the Elephants server and is accessible for all project partners.This exercise has resulted in the production of near real time data on the movements and locations of elephants in the area.

Bill the Buffalo

When you hear of a buffalo, you think and picture… well this!You imagine and see in your mind a ferocious destroyer of man. A wild untamable beast.The African BuffaloAffalo or Cape Buffalo (Syncerus caffer) is a large African bovid. It is up to 1.7 meters high, 3.4 meters long. Savannah type buffaloes weigh 500-900 kg, with only males, normally larger than females, reaching the upper weight range. Known as one of the “big five” or “Black Death” in Africa, the African Buffalo is widely regarded as a very dangerous animal, as it gores and kills over 200 people every year. Buffalo are sometimes reported to kill more people in Africa than any other animal, although the same claim is sometimes made of Hippopotami, or Crocodiles. Buffalo are notorious among big game hunters as very dangerous animals, with wounded animals reported to ambush and attack pursuers.So if someone were to tell you that their exist a tame and human friendly AFRICAN buffalo, you would probably laugh your head off. If you are of the disposition of not being easily amused, you may think of the asian buffalo, used more often than not the same way cattle are used.This brings me to the story of Bill the buffalo. Bill is an african buffalo. Descendant of one of the most vicious herbivores on Gods green earth. But Bill, unlike most other buffalos, is different.No he does not have horns growing out of his ears, and he does not have 3 tails. Nor does he have super animal abilities.Bill is domesticated. Yes, you read (or if the story is being narrated to you, you heard) correctly. Bill is a domesticated African or Cape Buffalo. For those who know buffalos well, this is a hard story to believe. But read on. Then tell me if you believe me or not.Meet Bill!Please note that this is not a computer generated image, nor is it a picture taken with a special wide angle lens camera.  Bill is the buffalo i told you about. He is domesticated.In 2006, Bill was brought to us in Kipini as an orphan from Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). At Bills age it would have signing his death warrant if he was introduced directly into the wild. So we raised him and kept him healthy with the aim of releasing him into the world eventually. A year or so later, when Bill had put on some weight (enough to make sure he did not get bullied by his fellows), we made the first attempt to introduce Bill to his own kind. Initially it looked like the herd was and would welcome Bill to join their ranks.Unfortunately for Bill, the herd did not feel he was buffalo enough. They hence chased him away. For the brief period he was among the herd, he was a bit out of place.He looked like a duck among pigeons.So having being rejected by his kind, we took him back in.We made another attempt a few months later. sadly, the herd had the same leadership. Bill was still not welcome.Having gotten rejected by his kindred, we decided to keep Bill with us. Having spent all that time with us, we come to realize something very remarkable. Apparently, Bill did not want to leave. He had become so used to being around us, that we practically became his family.Remember the introductory picture of the buffalo? Did you notice how far the camera man was?Take a look at this one.How many of you brave souls out there, would walk up to any one of these and shakes its hands… or hoof for that matter?Unless you are being paid HUGE amounts of money, or are immortal, you may consider it. But like i said earlier, Bill is special. Not only is not as violent as his fellow species, but Bill actually knows ever single person on the conservancy by smell. And as far as we can remember, he has never attacked a single soul!!!This is the pictorial of Bill the Buffalo…NOTE: This is real… 🙂