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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.

Special Thanks to @Kathy Karambu

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#March Edition Photography In The Wild Game Drive at Nairobi National Park

Game drive session. Maasai Mara National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Early morning game drive at Nairobi National Park?

This is what you need to know about the game drives at National Parks. Since you will be leaving early in the morning, park the previous day. For instance, if your game drive is on Saturday, pack on Friday evening. Charge your batteries, remember the park has no charger, or electricity connectivity, its the wild, home to animals who know nothing about electric power, its an adventure. Remember to buy snacks. Pack everything you need early enough so as not to forget.

Conservationists gear in use was off the chain! #PhotographyForConservation

 

 

Father and son preserving memories at Nairobi park early in the morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carry your sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap. Put on comfortable shoes, adjustable cloth wear because in the morning the weather tends to be chilly but come mid-morning hours, it turns out to be hot. Be at the meeting point early enough for you not to be left behind. Remember to carry your national identity for identification purpose the Kenya Wildlife Service, if you are a Non-residence, or a Residence make sure n to carry your passport. 

Bigfoot Adventures Executives vans parked outside Radisson Blu to ferry tourists to the park.

Versatile Adventures is a Versatile Photographers initiative to create awareness for Wildlife, Conservation, Tourism and Culture through content development.

We as Versatile Adventures, hold a monthly event dubbed #PhotographyInTheWild. An initiative which takes people to visit Nairobi National Park once every month with an aim of communicating the need to conserve the park using Photography as a tool to sell the importance of our Natural Heritage, our pride.

During the Game Drive, always have in mind what is it that you want to capture,  compose it in your mind before you click. Which story do you want to tell? What impact will it have to the society? Make sure it is a conservation revolution.

Photography is an Art and a tool to communicate the need to conserve the Natural Heritage. How would you feel when someone invades your privacy for instance your home and decides to build a public trespass through your acre of land? Is that not the same thing that the wild animals are facing? The animals may be resilient at first but eventually they will run away. Kenya as a country, will lose its title as the only country with a park in the city.

Beautiful view of Nairobi city from the Park

How will the game rangers, office administrators families that depend on Kenya Wildlife Service sustain their lifestyle? Human wildlife conflict will be the order of the day because, the wild animals will try to secure a safer home, this will end up with them being attacked too.  

This is a treasure that Nairobi city has, a pride of Lions, Bufalos, Cattle Eget bird I am sure you don’t know what type of bird it is. Come visit the park and experience this peaceful atmosphere with the only destruction being noise from the birds melodious

Join us the next edition which will take place on 21st April, 2018 from as early as 5:30am.  

The Silent Voices of Wildlife

The silent voices of wildlife have been heard far and wide globally. However, it is unfortunate that there is part of humankind that is not humane and has turned a deaf ear to these voices. Human illegal activities have led to an alarming decline in the wildlife population. Our vibrant biodiversity is at risk of depletion due to our activities that hurt their habitat and wildlife itself. It is a high time we stop and think what would be the welcome note to our future generation into this sickly planet with sickly inhabitants.

A cool and quiet atmosphere enjoyed by the birds at Hyena dam

A current case example that serves to send the point home is the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway across Nairobi National Park. It is an immeasurable act of insult to our vibrant National Park that poses a great risk of decline in wildlife that inhabits it. This may result from destructions caused by the trains noise, air pollution which may lead to health risks of the animals in the park as well as their death. Various animals will respond differently to the effects of the construction of this railway and its use. This will lead to a decline of the endangered species as well as the decline in revenue generation from this park. This is a prime area and the only park within the city thus the government must reconsider its decision to construct this railway across it.

This beautiful creature was captured at the Nairobi National Park during #PhotographyIntheWild event

According to the Living Planet Report 2014, the population sizes of vertebrate species which include birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have declined by 52 percent over the last 40 years. This means that those populations around the globe have dropped by more than half in fewer than two human generations. It also noted that our own demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing almost uncontrollably. Further, the report indicated that we need 1.5 Earths to generate the natural resources we currently use. According to this report, the most hurting part is that we cut down trees faster than they mature, harvest more fish than the ocean replenish, and emit more carbon into the atmosphere and the oceans can absorb. These directly affect the wildlife existence and its reproduction.

The African Savannah Impala grazing captured at Maasai mara National Park

Such inhumane activities by human beings, however, can be salvaged by putting across various measures. This can be achieved by bringing together various stakeholders concerned to save the situation. These measures include creating awareness of the importance of wildlife habitats as well as provide alternatives to the use of resources from these habitats. Another measure is the reduction of carbon emission by encouraging industries to adopt the green energy initiative in order to stop the poisoning of our wildlife.
The government is also encouraged to draft legislation that will regulate the release of various chemicals and oil spills into rivers and oceans respectively. This will ensure that the aquatic life is protected against harmful and toxic chemicals.

A team of conservationists creating awareness through photography. Event #PhotographyInTheWild

In conclusion, the global governments and international communities should prioritize issues related to trends in wildlife and historical changes in climate and its implications for biodiversity to ensure that the future generations will get to enjoy our heritage.

Versatile Adventures is a Versatile Photographers initiative to create awareness for Wildlife, Conservation, Tourism and Culture through content development

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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 .