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  1. Latest "Cheetah Chat" from the Mara Cheetah Project attached here MCP_Cheetah-Update-23_March-April-2017.pdf
  2. Mara Cheetah Project 2016 Final Annual Report
  3. @@AmyT Karisia can arrange your walks to be as strenuous or as leisurely as you want them to be. They customize the walks/safari to their guests needs. if you want more of a mix, I can't recommend Laikipia Wilderness Camp highly enough. Great wildlife in general there, but the biggest draw for most folks is the 2 resident packs of Wild Dogs with near-guaranteed sightings. Steve Carey is an accomplished, and well-respected, guide from Zimbabwe who runs the camp with his wife Annabelle. Steve's a fantastic walking guide and the area they're in is beautiful for walking in. Lots of rocky outcrops, low hills, open plains, thick bush. Quite varied landscape, so you'll never get bored, and so that Steve can choose a route to suit your husband's needs.
  4. @@madaboutcheetah I'm in touch with MCP and I'll let you know. Obviously the news on the newsletter is pretty recent, but as Cheetah move around so much, the situation may not stay the same for long. I'll keep you updated.
  5. @@michael-ibk Though I cannot say for sure without seeing more of the head, the GISS (General Impression of Shape and Size) tells me Black-Necked Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricollis)
  6. Latest "Cheetah Chat" newsletter from the team at The Mara Cheetah Project:
  7. Great photos and write-up. Especially love the hyena photos.
  8. @@COSMIC RHINO Gerenuk are found across the Somali Arid-Zone belt, which Selenkay is right on the edge of. They are known from Selenkay (as advertised on the Porini website).
  9. Great start. Looking forward to seeing more!
  10. If you wonder why I'm always harping on about payment for ecosystem services, I recommend you read this article (right to the bottom - don't stop halfway). It provides helpful explanations of what nature and healthy ecosystems do for humans, and how we can put economic values on them - meaning a loss of a healthy ecosystem is an economic and humanitarian loss as well. Good explanations on why conserving ecosystems, rather than single species, is important (in other words, don't be turned off by the title)
  11. @@offshorebirder did you notice the picture of the "vulture" in flight?
  12. Keep abreast of news from the greater Mara ecosystem here:
  13. Every camp has a different tipping procedure/guideline. Some have a communal tipping box in the reception. Some have an envelope on the bed. Some have nothing formal and you tip who you want. Ask your travel agent or your reservations representative at the camp before you travel. Drink prices in Kenya vary somewhat depending on the establishment you're visiting. Sodas from a shop will be around Kshs 40-50/- each (approx. 50 cents US). Sodas at a restaurant or hotel will be anywhere from Kshs 100/- to Kshs 150/- (USD $1-1.5) Beers at the shop are on average Kshs 140/- (USD 1.5) while at restaurants and hotels they can range anywhere from Kshs 180/- to Kshs 300 (USD $1.5-3). Wine prices vary hugely depending on brand, grape, establishment etc. Expect to pay between USD $3 - $6 for a glass. Souvenirs, unless you go to a formal establishment like Utamaduni (see recommendation above), are to be bargained for. You'll receive wild prices for seemingly simple items. Ultimately you pay what you feel the item is worth to you. A good rule of thumb that I often use is: Take the first price offered to you and cut it in half. Then compromise and bargain to something both parties are satisfied with.
  14. Ah, grasses are soo soo important. May seem like a very dull subject, but the more you read, the more fascinating it becomes. And with over 600 species, there's lots of diversity to explore and enjoy. I will own a copy as soon as it comes out.
  15. This has been in the works for some years now. Good to know we're getting closer. Still, I'll celebrate/believe it when the first direct flight actually takes off or lands here - not before. (not being pessimistic).

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