• Elephants 20-7-2017

    Ol Ari Nyiro, 20 July 2017   “There is mystery behind that masked gray visage, an ancient life force, delicate and mighty, awesome and enchanted, commanding the silence ordinarily reserved for mountain peaks, great fires, and the sea.” —Peter Matthiessen, The Tree Where Man Was Born   Welcome the Elephants back with the Rains   […]

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  • Kuki 25-5-2017

    The 23rd April 2017: It was a clear morning with birds Ashes lifted Beams smouldered Greys and flames Small smokes Out of place in the purity of the valley Clear were The tyre sandals prints In the red murram earth.   The men were still there.   I went to find The round pot with […]

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  • Kuki 12-5-2017

    It will be Laikipia 12th May 2017, Nairobi On a fast stretcher rolled through corridors down a lift into an ambulance this afternoon I left the hospital that has been my home for the last three weeks. Weeks gone into a fog of numbing pain, operating theatres and medicine drips, X rays, oxygen, blood pressure, […]

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  • Kuki 7-5-2017

    Nairobi, 7th May The Aga Khan Hospital Night: Sounds of a restless town filtering through open curtains Drones of engines vehicles of all kinds going nowhere everywhere Awake in my bed of pains in the peculiar silence of hospitals breathing with suffering strangers I am determined this agony should not be in vain I hang […]

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  • Biodiversity 16-1-2017

    Dear Friends, Despite the illegal livestock challenges and forced invasion into private land and protected area throughout the entire Laikipia region, due to a combination of protracted drought and political expansionism/incitement, we carried out an interim biodiversity survey with the National Museums of Kenya team to see the impact of illegal grazers on the species […]

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  • Biodiversity 25-10-2016

    The Python, The Elephants, The Small Five Magic and the intriguing mystery of the Print on the Sand: The Biodiversity Update   In the sky of October clouds gather. The first grass rains beat their drum on the dust Waking up the Dung Beatles who buzz content in the gathering dusk         […]

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  • Land of Hope 20-10-2016

    The Day the Ocean Reached the Savannah / Land of Hope update Dear Friends It was a festive day when Patrick Apetet – irrepressible grin of satisfaction splitting his face – arrived with a hired car, an electrician, a technician, and the largest TV screen on the market, – complete with DVD player, and the […]

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  • Biodiversity 17-7-2016

    Dear Friends The Biodiversity Update ‘Rains bring life’ may be a cliché, but here in the African bush it is real, and not just visible: We hear it, we smell it, we SEE it: Grass sprouts fresh, Unexpected blooms appear overnight on seemingly desiccated branches From cracked earth Buried tubers shoot up striped lilies Mushrooms […]

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  • Ivory burning 01-5-2016

    Dear Friends, I went  back today  to the Ivory site to bring food and hot tea to the crew left to finish the job and clear the mess: As expected – hardly anyone there the day after-  passed yesterday’ glamour- red carpet, music  and speeches. Puddles, mud blackened shapes disintegrating in the rain. I thought […]

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