Hello all! It’s been a good week at Soysambu, and I’m finally starting to get somewhere on my giraffe project. It feels so good to feel productive! We’ve been out several days now, and I’ve been able to identify several new giraffe, including an adorable baby one that’s just a few months old. We’ve also seen about 8 colobus monkeys. 14 were translocated here a few years ago, and we need to find out if their population is stable. There’s also a possiblity that they are being poached by the locals to sell to the Asian market, where colobus monkeys, like most endangered animals, are considered valuable medicines.
Tomorrow hopefully going to go out to do a habitat assessment of the acacia forest on the lakeshore. The giraffe are stripping the bark of the yellow fever acacia trees, which is killing a lot of trees. We’re going to assess the extent of the damage, in order to get an idea as to if there are too many giraffe on the Conservancy. My friend Kendall leaves on Saturday, so that is going to be quite sad. That also means I’ve only got about 2 weeks left in Kenya! My how time flies.
Hope you all are enjoying the summer!