Monthly Archives: February 2010

Meet the whistling thorn acacia

The whistling thorn (Acacia drepanolobium) is one species of the acacia trees, thorny trees found in savannas. This tree is home to a fascinating ant-plant mutualism. Swollen thorns on the tree provide shelter for ants. Holes on these swollen thorns serve as doors for the ants and generate a whistling sound when the wind blows […]

A Valentine’s Day Wish Come True

Hi! My name is Theresa Laverty and I am in my fourth and final year as an Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major at Princeton University. I am very thankful for this rare opportunity to spend my last semester abroad in Kenya and hope to continue conservation work here in the near future. This blog describes […]

Show me with your face, how you feel about wildlife.

The African elephant’s favorite pastime is to throw all of its 15,000 pounds at trees. Scientists have yet to identify a use for this peculiar practice other than pure amusement. With such a behavior in its repertoire combined with outstanding aggression, the African elephant poses a serious threat to me, standing at only 5’2”. These […]

Improving livelihoods whilst saving wildlife

My name is Kohei, and I am with the group of students from Princeton University studying conservation biology with Paula. Today, I want to tell the story of rural pastoralists, who have become one of the most important conservationists in this ecosystem. It started with a Kenyan grassroots called The Wildlife Foundation, along with a […]

My life is not my own, it is my children’s

My name is Kathleen Morriss and I am a 3rd year university student at Princeton University. I’m spending 3 months studying ecology and evolutionary biology in Kenya. “My life is not my own, it is my children’s – everything is for them.” This heartfelt statement from Teresia was the pervading theme throughout our conversation in […]

This land is my land

Hi, My name is Erin, I’m a 3rd year student from Princeton. This is my first time to come to Africa and I’m interested in wildlife conservation. This blog is about the similarities and differences between my home town of Rosalia and Kitengela in Kenya. Technorati : Conservation, Kenya, Nairobi National Park, Paula Kahumbu, Princeton […]

The Future of Conservation Lies with Education

Every new generation will have to walk in the shoes of the older generation. I had the opportunity and the privilege to talk to many Maasi men and women. I went out for a series of interviews with my fellow classmates in order to find out what the COMMUNITY wants from conservation programs. Specifically, I […]

Princeton University Students in the wild

Its that time of the year when WildlifeDirect goes back to school – we have just spent ten days running a field course for Princeton undergraduates as part of their semester in Kenya. What have they been doing? Well, the 13 students will tell you about it through their own blogs which will appear right […]

Serengeti: First Sighting of Wild Dogs in 20 Years

Guest Post by Uwe Skrzypczak (photographer) When we had followed in vain the gnu herds on Friday for over 6 hours and were about to have lunch. Our Driverguide suddenly rushed into the restaurant at Ndutu Lodge and said that a half hour ago, about 7 wild dogs had been sighted only 3 kilometers away […]

Nairobi National Park wildlife count

Every two months volunteers join the Kenya Wildlife Service to count wildlife in the Nairobi National Park. The count starts at 6.30 am which means we had to be up at 5 am. But it wasn’t the early start that threw us off course. We got to count wildlife in block N7, a tear drop […]