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The Elegant and Swift Impala

 

The elegant and swift Impala is a species found in the open plains, such as the #NairobiNationalPark where this photo was taken. Impalas are the most widespread and common antelope in the savannah’s and woodlands of east and southern Africa. They have an acute sense of smell and hearing, though their sight is not well developed. These antelopes spot a reddish brown glossy coat and can leap up to 11 meters in length and 3 meters in height when being pursued by predators. They live where water is available, feed mainly on short grasses and occasionally browse from trees and bushes, and live in herds of between six to 20 animals. Impalas are the most common source of food for predators.

Conservation status Africa is home to 72 of the world’s 91 antelope and gazelle species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies the Impala as a species of least concern. The black-faced subspecies which is confined to southwestern Angola and Kaokoland in northwestern Nambia, is classified as a vulnerable species, with less than 1,000 individuals remaining in the wild as of 2008.

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The Dark Earth

In the past few recent years, a tremendous revolution in the industrialization sector in developed countries has led to immeasurable and the most damaging effects on the environment. This contagious necessary evil has extended to the third world countries who are fighting to live up to the level of these developed nations. It is with deep regret that only a few individual countries are up to the fight to once again bring life back to the once vibrant environment. At this rate, it is plausible to foresee a dark planet which screams for mercy to breathe again.

Poor vegetation along Kenyan Highlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Kenya for instance, and specifically our capital-Nairobi, environmental conservation is a major setback that has robbed the city of the clean vicinity, air as well as a noise-free city. The rot that has masked the city is a Herculean task to handle. In this regard, the National and County governments should be put to task and explain or at least come up with concrete ideas to refresh the city once again.

Nairobi clean city, that everyone wants to live in. 

It goes without saying that the rot that is eating up both Nairobi River and the Dandora dumpsite exposes the kind of poor sanitation we are living in. That said, cleaning and keeping our environment and city should be a prime responsibility of all and sundry. The government should be lauded for banning the plastic bags that were choking our environment. It is encouraging that the governments of East Africa Nations have taken the same initiative.

Marine species was at a risk of extinction due to choking by plastic bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand, it is of the essence to sensitize the people on various ways to ensure that environment remains habitable for all organisms. This should be made possible by mobilizing masses to support the government in its efforts of conservation. To encourage them to embrace environmental conservation, the government should strengthen them by providing facilities such as bins in strategic positions which serve to collect garbage, Garbage collected should be separated into organic waste, plastic waste thus being easy to recycle.

Through conservation, we will enjoy favorable climatic conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental pollution by carbon sources is also another worrying factor that has continued to inflict wounds in our precious nature. It is sickening to live in a city where the filth of smoke and smog are a part and parcel of our otherwise clean air. This has been contributed by rapid industrialization as well as automobiles which have seen bad days but still operating on the roads. The government must move swiftly to salvage the worrying trend of the carbon and its products which has played a big role in choking our environment. A better solution and which seems saner than the use of fossil fuel is the adoption of the green energy. The industries are encouraged to adopt the use of solar-powered engines to avoid depletion of the ozone layer which has drastic impacts on the environment.

Tree planting one of the initiatives by Kakamega Heritage Foundation and Versatile Adventures team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The immediate resultant effects of these carbon sources in respiratory diseases which affects human beings. Another immediate effect is the contamination of the water sources which could lead to various ailments due to poison in the water. The National Assembly should enact laws which regulate the use of the fossil fuel in order to conserve our environment.
In conclusion, conservation is the heartbeat of our existence and our prime responsibility is to keep it in its appealing nature.

 

 

Tsavo West bush squirrel published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine

Tsavo West bush squirrel published in the BBC Wildlife Magazine

 

I am a wildlife photographer, and I have a passion for traveling around the country, world at large. My first visit to a National Park was back in year 2007, the experience was fantastic and amazing. It was so easy to spot a herd of elephants feeding and waking together, the land was green, herbivores were well fed which meant carnivores could sustain without much struggle.

A squirrel retrieving nuts from the ground.

A squirrel retrieving nuts from the ground.

Years later when I went back to Tsavo West with a team of photographers, I was disappointed, I couldn’t believe my eyes. We drove for almost 2 kilometers without seeing any wild animal. The land had lost its ambiance, it was hot, the weather condition had changed, the number of animals had decreased. Reason being, climate change.  

Luckily, I managed to spot a squirrel which was sneaking and feeding on nuts falling from the tree. I was attracted to it by its behavior and I quickly positioned myself to be on the same eye level with it so as to capture its feeding habit. The rest of the team didn’t find meaning in capturing the feeding squirrel. 

Chewing of nuts by the squirrel files down the length of their front teeth which is constantly growing.

Chewing of nuts by the squirrel files down the length of their front teeth which is constantly growing.

I calmly positioned myself, fixed my zoom lens quietly since I was avoiding any distraction that would make the animal run away. In a spark of a second, I managed to take almost seven images. I even recorded a video of the squirrel feeding. I was super excited and showed it off to my friends. Unfortunately, the squirrel left even before they could adjust their camera settings. 

The Bush squirrel eating a nut which has fallen from a tree.

The Bush squirrel eating a nut which has fallen from a tree.

From my more than ten years experience in photography, I have come across the many Photography awards which are available online. I decided to stop being a hard disk photographer who just captures images without sharing. Of late I have been submitting images that I have captured and captioned to tell a story. I use my images to create awareness about climate change and solutions we have before all is lost. The squirrel was part of it. I spent my entire 6 hours submitting the award images. 

Here is the good news, I received another email from BBC, this time round it was not the questions but an email congratulating me that my image had been published in the March 2018 issue of BBC magazine which went on sale on 14th February, 2018. I even purchased several copies to make sure that its true my image had been published.

Above is the squirrel which managed to be published on the BBC wildlife magazine. The image has also won Nikon The Heart of Kenya Awards and received Nikon accessories. I received two of my images I had submitted printed on a Forex board. . One of the main reasons why I was attracted to the squirrel is its efforts to re-create the forest vegetation. Squirrels not only use the forest to live and eat, but also help in its process of renewal. Squirrels store part of the collected seeds. A squirrel take in its mouth a nut fallen on the ground, start looking around, stopping to dig a small hole with the fore limbs so to place the nut and cover it up. The seeds left in the ground will have the chance to germinate and give rise to a new plant .