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  1. No, you never get exact numbers even in a census but you estimate numbers and also how precise it is. In the latest carnivore census Meru was estimated to have 58 +/- 21 lions i e between 37 and 79. So it is likely an increase from the last known Kenyan estimate which had 40 in Meru (and 1970 in Kenya from 2012). And sometimes it gets obviously too narrow. An Aardwolf was found but still estimated to 2+/-2 i e between 0 and 4. http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/big-cats/news/article/?no_cache=1&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=2378 So you should always include precision! How many lions are there in Kenya? Proably less than 2000 as the wildebeests are in Tanzania now..
  2. And as usual they miss the rhinos. From Meru we know that White is thriving/ doubling and Black is struggling/ stable since reintroduction. Last census the "Wildlife species counted include elephants, reticulated giraffes, grevys’ zebra, black and white rhinos, buffalos, eland, lion, ostrich, Grants’ gazelle, thompson gazelle, zebras and oryx. Livestock species counted were cattle, camels, sheep and goats". As the report is not released we can assume they made a similar count this time. The rhino numbers are known and the trend is slowly increasing- but many rhinos haven't been sighted for many years.
  3. True, that is why it was a big drawback when African Parks offered to make the same efforts in Meru and KWS and other local stakeholders did not align. "Should the deal be done, African Parks will fence the three parks and make it secure, streamline management, improve infrastructure and market them globally." http://isiolowire.co.ke/2015/08/10/isiolo-county-set-to-lease-3-game-reserves-to-international-wildlife-management-organization/
  4. One of the advantages of eBird is that you have renowned birders qualifying or verifying your sightings and for rare or unusual sightings always add more information, like photo or audio. Still remember one of the first visits to Meru and I went out to search for the endemic Hinde's Pied Babbler and got directions: from the main gate in Meru NP, follow the fence and turn left and ended up where I started, in Murera Springs and there it was. More than 1% (18 of 1600) of the world population lived in our small forest without knowing.. so when are you submitting your checklists from Meru- with photos- in eBird? http://help.ebird.org/customer/portal/articles/973966-adding-photos-videos-and-recordings-to-checklists And the occurence maps over USA is impressive. http://ebird.org/content/ebird/occurrence/savannah-sparrow/
  5. One of the lessons learned the lion rehab project in Meru/ Kora compared to Rwanda is that parks must be fenced, mainly to protect the wildlife including lions mainly from growing population, pastoralists and livestock. The problem is increasing fast in Kenya, see what happened in nearby area recently. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/06/british-ranch-owner-killed-by-armed-raiders-during-kenya-land-invasion and there are also "real" poachers, not just with snares for bushmeat/ food in Meru. http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/2017/05/26/6-tusks-recovered-in-meru_c1567420
  6. Sightings have been made along Tana and Rojeweru River but as it is mainly nocturnal and very few people looking for this (and no night game drives allowed) there are few observations. Quite right @@nhanq - I believe Sammy Mugo had one roosting in a tree on the Tana River in Meru NP a couple of years ago. Quite right @@nhanq - I believe Sammy Mugo had one roosting in a tree on the Tana River in Meru NP a couple of years ago. Still in Meru with more recent sightings reported from Elsa's Kopje, like in this interview with Born Free's Will Travers. "Will’s ornithological knowledge is impressive. He points out flocks of red-billed quelea, red-necked francolins, Eurasian rollers, a Pel’s fishing owl" http://magazine.africageographic.com/weekly/issue-139/born-free-50-years-on/
  7. It is not confirmed and we will evaluate after the Christmas season. Yes, even if the Meru is safer now few tourists are aware of it and it needs a promotion boost.
  8. Thanks Tom and yes, many reasons to go on safari and the advantage of Meru is the high diversity and yes, it is a long drive but the landscape and people you meet on the drive is fantastic. In the old school when "going on safari meant “jumping in a Land Rover at Nairobi airport and just driving north”. John Rendall https://www.ft.com/content/b453ce14-de48-11e2-9b47-00144feab7de Unfortunately few visitors enjoy this wilderness experience. Offbeat Meru has shut down and we are about to.
  9. If Meru is promised and language is not an issue the best updated reports are in Italian! By the way, did you see the Afrikanischer Schlangenhalsvogel along the rivers? One of my German favorite names.. Il secondo punto era in un’area vicina al Tana River strada lunga ma poco difficile. In un’area accidentata con presenza di rocce ecco sulla punta, la sagoma caratteristica del Caracal! Rallento, ci guarda per un attimo e poi con balzo sparisce nella notte. E’ la mia prima osservazione della specie nel parco. L’ascolto evidenzia la presenza di rane e rospi in canto nelle aree adiacenti il fiume ma il ritorno ci regala un altra osservazione esaltante. Un incontro ravvicinato con un Protele, la iena più piccola e più schiva, e con questo sono tutte le specie di carnivori, grandi e piccoli, potenzialmente presenti nell’area!!., Grazie Meru, grazie Africa. Un saluto alla prossima. The second point was in an area close to the Tana River, long road but little difficult. In a rugged area with presence of rocks here is the tip, the characteristic shape of the Caracal! Slow down, look at us for a moment and then leap disappears into the night. It 's my first observation of the species in the park. Listening shows the presence of frogs and toads in singing in the areas adjacent the river but the return gives us another exciting observation. A close encounter with an Aardwolf, the smallest hyena and dodges, and with this are all sorts of carnivores, large and small, potentially present in the area !! With Meru, through Africa. A salute to the next. http://www.maurizioravasini.it/2016/02/ The only cat not found in the census was the most elusive of them all- the panther. Black cats exist but no leopard has been found in the last 10 years. Rare or extinct? Worth a repeat visit to find out.. http://africageographic.com/blog/melanistic-serval-seen-again/ And if you are in to rare toilets the ones in Kampi Ya Simba, Kora are unique.
  10. Meru Conservation Area had 747 in the census 2007 and in last census made 2014 the population was expected to be 1000+ (with 5% growth per year) but is not yet published . I assume GEC has used this figure and have requested detailed info for Kenya. https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/mobilevet/vetfielddetail_new.asp?VRD=272 A census? As in a 100% count and thus a minimum population estimate without confidence intervals? Agree, there should have been confidence intervals published but no one wants to know how unreliable the figures actually are. As example this years carnivore census in Meru revealed 58 +/- 21 lions. When similar methods were used in Selous, Tanzania "all we can say is that the Selous contains anywhere between 475 and 4,953 lions". In 2012 Selous was estimated to hold 7 644, at least 25% of the world population.. So the question is, now when the elephant numbers are "known" how many wild lions are out there- and with what confidence? http://www.lionaid.org/news/2015/02/how-many-lions-are-there-in-the-selous-their-most-important-remaining-stronghold.htm
  11. Since KWS stopped the Sorry to hear. We are as you know in the same situation and most likely do the same at Murera Springs.
  12. Meru Conservation Area had 747 in the census 2007 and in last census made 2014 the population was expected to be 1000+ (with 5% growth per year) but is not yet published . I assume GEC has used this figure and have requested detailed info for Kenya. https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/mobilevet/vetfielddetail_new.asp?VRD=272
  13. A short update as there is no app which will give you latest sightings of the rarities in Meru. The carnivore census found 17 lions and all large carnivores, 6 cat species and 3 hyenas: http://www.maurizioravasini.it/2016/02/carnivors-gensus/ In summary: Old Airstrip close to Tana River: Leopard, Caracal, Aardwolf, Greater Kudu (also recent sightings close to main gate) Towards Ura Gate: African wild cat and Serval. Rhino Sanctuary: Civet, Leopard, Striped Hyena and 80 rhinos (appr 55 white/ 25 black). For birders Rojeweru River is where you find Pel's Fishing Owl and Finfoot are found in most rivers. And of course the most stunning sighting close to Pippas Grave: Melanistic Serval http://africageographic.com/blog/melanistic-serval-seen-again/
  14. Actually I asked about the spatial mammals feature as it is a very nice solution in this great work. As you lived close to Meru and discussed gazelles on youtube, which gazelles can you find here? A good introduction to the heated subject is found here http://safaritalk.net/topic/10579-races-of-grants-gazelle-warning-for-real-mammal-geeks-only/ So there are Bright's Gazelles in Meru, not Grants, but they only differs in DNA and looks the same- and the same seem to appear in other species as well. "In addition, genetically distinct impala and kudu are found in northern Kenya, suggesting several clades within these species as well". http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-294X.2012.05650.x/full So Meru might have "new" species of kudus and impalas as well, just to introduce some of the complexities . .. but that is another story. Your mammal "spatial" solution complements our current mammal "cloud". Word of warning, don't publish the population numbers found here to "Info we trust" as this is a very fast draft version.We included a temporal/ seasonal support here as animals migrate to/ from Meru and not only in Serengeti/ Mara. https://goo.gl/xAU4m8 .. and reverse functionality is standard i e if you click on a mammal in the detail range on the map is updated, (in the same way as the cloud is updated in our solution) but some ranges might be sensitive in some parks, like where you find the rhinos.
  15. Thanks and yes, it is tricky given that most mammals in Meru are bigger than in other parks. As a comparison there are historical evidence of panthers in Meru but when you look into it most, if not all, observations have been large melanistic servals, not leopards.

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