Ol Ari Nyiro: The Endless Magic of the Natural World

Ol ari Nyiro:

The Endless Magic of the Natural World


Dear Friends

In this planet where we read of destruction of forests to make room for development, where human pollution and global warming stain the sky with soot, where thousands of species keep disappearing for ever, overwhelmed by the great tides of humanity and their irrepressible greed, unique are the places still left where environment truly comes first and all creatures, from the smallest insects to the great pachyderms, find an untarnished habitat, with the biodiversity that they need for their survival, and where the chain of life thrives.


Ol ari Nyiro with its springs and lakes is still that rarest of gems, priceless heritage. A Key Biodiversity Area (KBA064) and an Important Bird Area (IBA KE064) Ol ari Nyiro hugely contributes to the stabilizing of climate change in its area.



A place where the neighbours’ children can come to discover their world as it used to be.

Today I received the results of the latest interim botanical survey by the National Museums of Kenya researchers: an astounding 16 species new to our already impressive list recorded, I am humbled to report- . Here it is:
Seventh Botanical Survey Report of Ol Ari Nyiro, Laikipia Nature Conservancy, Northern Kenya.
The power and resilience of Nature are a mystery to behold. The report is also uploaded on the Biodiversity research section.


I write this watching the purest moon rise up silent from the hills in a peerless sky, and wait, the car stationary in the middle of the Ngobitu dam’s wall, to catch her reflection in the water, that here I share with you.


A grunting hippo cavorts slow and oblivious in the stillness of the dam, where rolling stones announce a large herd of buffalo running to drink, shoulder deep in the water.

Elephants at the Waterhole

The ripe wild berries of the Mutamayo trees, irresistible to Elephants

Mutamayo tree, fallen by Elephants

Time to return to Kuti, and to the pair of Hadada birds nesting on the Mikunduri tree and my festive dogs and to my waiting diary.

Albino Dik Dik

Hadada Birds


Thank you for helping us preserve for the entire planet a unique piece of the Earth for posterity, for us all and the future generations

What it takes to protect it keeps us awake at night, but with your help we have- and we can.


For Team
of The Gallmann Memorial Foundation
In Ol ari Nyiro
Laikipia Nature Conservancy
On the Great Rift Valley of Kenya
On 8 February 2020

Please help us with the ongoing rebuilding and the maintaining of vital conservation infrastructure on Laikipia Nature Conservancy, while supporting our philanthropic work of education and scholarships, community support, assistance to neighbours, public health, food drought relief, water, road building and maintenance.

And of course continuing to equip the outstanding team of rangers with uniforms, transport, binoculars, infrared cameras and everything they need to continue to protect and monitor the unique Biodiversity of Ol Ari Nyiro, and also support our ongoing re-forestation project to combat global warming by planting more and more indigenous trees.

With your help we can secure Kuki’s vision and legacy in perpetuity.

Please help us by making a donation below, however small or big it may be!!!


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