Week 9 and 10 – Nairobi KWS Carnivore Conference and African Conservation Dog Summit

Upon returning to Nairobi, I have the pleasure to attend the Kenya Wildlife Service’s Carnivore Conference. On the morning of October 28th, Mandela drives Elena, Sarah, and I across town to the Kenya Wildlife Service Headquarters in Nairobi. We join a group of about 50 other attendees – mixed Kenyan and international – who work … More Week 9 and 10 – Nairobi KWS Carnivore Conference and African Conservation Dog Summit

Week 7 and 8 – Nairobi/Maji Moto/Naikara (October 11 – October 26)

There is little to say about the first week back in Nairobi. As usual, it is spent largely inputting data, checking emails, and lounging about putting on weight. The only exception is a particular Saturday when Noreen and I take a Matatu to Parklands and spend the day at the indoor climbing gym to shed … More Week 7 and 8 – Nairobi/Maji Moto/Naikara (October 11 – October 26)

Week 4 – Samburu Part 2 (September 20 – September 25)

Sunday is fairly restful – we leave the camp by half-past 7am after an early breakfast to meet a field officer conducting his transect in the Mpassion area of Meibei. He has been having trouble with following the data collection procedures, so we go through and explain the research requirements with him again. I train … More Week 4 – Samburu Part 2 (September 20 – September 25)

Week 4 – Samburu Part 1 (September 17 – September 19)

On Thursday, mid-morning, Lauren and I walk out of the wifi café above the Nakumatt and meet with Sarah, Noreen and Wallace in the silver KWS Nissan pickup. I go to a local computer services shop to print and photocopy copies of my transect forms for the field officers in Samburu while Sarah and Noreen … More Week 4 – Samburu Part 1 (September 17 – September 19)

Week 3 – Nairobi/Nanyuki/Samburu (September 13 – September 16)

I spend 2 days in Nairobi before the stirrings of boredom begin to return. The wifi is appreciated, not so much the scalding-or-cold shower and aggravating cat allergies. Saturday is spent catching up on emails and social media and freaking out over the delightful finale of Hannibal until late in the night. On Sunday afternoon, … More Week 3 – Nairobi/Nanyuki/Samburu (September 13 – September 16)

Week 2 – Salama (September 12 – September 18)

On Saturday morning, Santiago, Sarah and I pack everything into ACK’s newly-acquired (used) Nissan pickup, say goodbye to Elena, and make our way down to Salama with our driver Wallace, a small, thin man with round spectacles. The Salama base is about 1.5hrs southeast of Nairobi, about a kilometer off the Mombasa road. Much of … More Week 2 – Salama (September 12 – September 18)

Week 1 – Nairobi (August 30 – September 11)

On Sunday morning, my mother and I spend most of the morning purchasing our last souvenirs at the fair-trade market Utamaduni and a small curio shop near the lodge. My mother barely manages to fit all the souveniers in the bag, packing the sizeable wooden giraffe and goat-skin Maasai shield in a carry-on bag. We spend … More Week 1 – Nairobi (August 30 – September 11)