Jim Justus Nyamu Official Flag Of at KICC

Official flag of of the East Southern Africa walk through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana to South Africa.

We, Versatile Adventures met Jim Justus Nyamu the Executive Director at Elephant Neighbor Centre during the global March for Elephants, Rhinos and Lions which happens annually  as we were sharing our conservation idea as Versatile Adventures. It has been a journey, a successful one because we all believe in creating awareness through a walk and photography. 

One of the exclusive images of Versatile Adventures available at The Versatile Art Gallery at Village Market.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Nyamu objectives include, to raise awareness of the fast depleting population of elephants and rhinos at the grassroots level, To encourage local communities to participate in conservation programs and To educate communities on laws enacted.

Wildlife photographer, and founder Versatile Adventures, David Macharia with executive director at ENC during official flag of day.

The director at Elephant Neighbor centre, has so far walked for 12000 kilometres, and 560 miles to the United states of America through the 8 states, to encourage USA to stop availing ivory market. On this day 14th July, 2018 the official flag off of the East Southern Africa walk took place at Kenyatta International Conference Centre on the Comesa grounds.

Ready to take off! Elephant Neighbor centre Gear.

 

 

 

USA ambassador H.E Robert Godec buying merchandise to support the East Southern Africa walk.

Mr. Jim Nyamu and his team embarks on a 4200 kilometres walk from Kenya to South Africa through Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The walk will take 160 days sensitizing communities at the grassroots level on the need to protect the Elephants.

Jim Nyamu with dignitaries. And the 4200 kilometre walk kicked off from KICC through Parliament road Kenya. 

 

 

 

Speaking during the official flag of, the executive director at ENC, challenged Kenyans to stop taking up the role of killing their own pride and heritage. Mr. Jim Nyamu will make several stop overs addressing communities who have a closer proximity to the wild realize the worth of having the elephants and Rhinos alive.

Executive Director at Elephant Neighbor Centre addressing the publics before his official take off.

In attendance was H.E US ambassador Robert Godec, H.E Ireland ambassador Dr. Vincent O’Neil, H.E Colombian ambassador madam Elizabeth Taylor and a representative from the British High commissioner. Giving his speech, US ambassador assured Jim Nyamu full support from his country and wished him a safe and successful walk.

From left,Representative from the British High Commissioner,  Colombian ambassador madam Elizabeth Taylor, Dr. Patrick Omondi, USA ambassador H.E Robert Godec, Mr. Jim Nyamu, Ireland ambassador Dr. Vincent(black t-shirt) and Hon. Mwenda Mbijiwe. 

Representing the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Principal Secretary, state department of wildlife Dr. Margaret Mwakima was Dr. Patrick Omondi, Heard of research. In her speech, Dr. Margaret Mwakima acknowledged Jim Nyamu’s initiative saying it demonstrated the uniqueness of Kenya in bringing together public, private partnership in wildlife conservation sphere. The impact and significance of the East Southern Africa campaign cannot be underestimated and the government is in full support of the campaign objectives, she said.

Executive director, Jim Nyamu ready for the 5 months journey.

 

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Story written by Christine Mwaura

Quite simply the most Frustrating Situation

Rules were made to be broken!!!

Wish everyone understood the contexts with which these words are said. Or at least they’d read the rules before deciding to break them.

And maybe, just maybe… the world would be a completely different place.

Sunset captured in Nairobi National Park

But since we’re here and that for some inexplicable reason, the not following laws to some is an option;

Versatile Adventures and a whole lot of the campaigns against illegal trade of wildlife, are here to remind you, to play your part at slowing the doom that’s about to ensue.

I only say this because I assume the people illegally trading in wildlife trophies and resources go by this ideology.

And the doom? Oh, it’s real!  So real.

The abnormally heavy rains, flooding, drought and rate of desertification; who are we Kidding, there are more dangers on the Horizon.

I am not surprised that the floods we’re experiencing, the high levels of waters in the rivers and ocean raising alarm in not Kenya alone are as a result of our very actions, against nature.

For the life of me, I can’t fathom why even after the bouts of awareness that has been created on the immense danger of extinction of species of wildlife loss of biodiversity and messing up with an ecosystem; a person with a conscience would go on with these illegal activities.

Black rhinos grazing during a casual afternoon; we can no longer boast of two species of rhinos with Sudan dead

Even after the comprehensive laws endorsed and efforts created and the efforts by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) alongside governments. There are still cases of poaching and illegal trade.

Not to mention, the constant reminder of the importance of forests, fauna is crucial for life. Your very life.

I don’t mean to sound like a broken record… but, to what end?

I meant this conversation with you to be light and clear about why we need to be the responsible species that we are meant to be. I meant this to be a very feel free write up!

The beauty of nature; Up close

But you get my frustration. I just feel the desperation flowing through my veins.

It’s palpable.

And I think everyone needs to get there. A place where we understand that we need to be good to the environment around us. For the sake of getting the best out of mother earth. A place where our creativity of coming up with bigger and better technologies and reaching higher peaks, vie into directions that leave nature intact if not improve it.

Having our hearts in the right place. For the sake of continuity. Nature is self-sustaining. We need to get only what we need. I am sure, you could be, at the back of your mind saying that you’re not to blame.

Pointing a finger at the next Tom, for their actions. Looking at people who actually poach. Cause am aware you might have poached. Or irresponsibly cut a tree. I know all that.

But this is still for you. The very earth you walk on, how do you treat it? How do you dispose of waste? Be it a sweet wrapper to sewage waste. You could even be tolerating actions by others against nature… This whole talk is for you too. Am looking for the ripple effect.

Or better yet the butterfly effect.

As individuals, we have the power to influence change for the better. Influencing Sustainable development.

Turning a blind eye to illegal trade, tree felling and unsustainable resource use is your very part in this.

Quit the ignorance. Be informed of the status of the environment. Support the leaders and the people against poaching and illegal trade. Share widely, on the information and help alleviate ignorance amongst the rest of society. Report these crimes to relevant authorities.

Human-Wildlife conflict has led to the loss of wildlife Habitats.

But above all else, please, make the personal choice to be sustainable. Don’t threaten the environment and wildlife by engaging in the trade or by buying these products. Work only with people who demonstrate sustainability in their trade and are environmentally friendly.

We’re walking on thin Ice. We gotta tread carefully.

 

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By

Reginah Wanjiru

 

 

 

The Elegant and Swift Impala

 

The elegant and swift Impala is a species found in the open plains, such as the #NairobiNationalPark where this photo was taken. Impalas are the most widespread and common antelope in the savannah’s and woodlands of east and southern Africa. They have an acute sense of smell and hearing, though their sight is not well developed. These antelopes spot a reddish brown glossy coat and can leap up to 11 meters in length and 3 meters in height when being pursued by predators. They live where water is available, feed mainly on short grasses and occasionally browse from trees and bushes, and live in herds of between six to 20 animals. Impalas are the most common source of food for predators.

Conservation status Africa is home to 72 of the world’s 91 antelope and gazelle species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classifies the Impala as a species of least concern. The black-faced subspecies which is confined to southwestern Angola and Kaokoland in northwestern Nambia, is classified as a vulnerable species, with less than 1,000 individuals remaining in the wild as of 2008.

Special Thanks to @Kathy Karambu

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My 1st Experience at Nairobi Park during #PhotographyInTheWild Event

We should all promote Domestic tourism, I’m proud because I got to attend the photography in the wild March edition. Walking up early was quite the challenge but just to see the beautiful sunrise, anything is possible. What makes it better is we were given one two tips on shooting beautiful sunrises by the renowned David Macharia. We then continued with the game drive with our awesome guide, Saidi Mwash from Bigfoot Adventures Kenya,getting to see about 12 vichwas, 2 pembes, and lots of shingos. If you really don’t know the terms then get out of your comfort and join Versatile adventures for the April edition. The kichwa is a lion,pembe is rhino and shingo…I’ll leave that to you to find out. We would stop just to get the perfect shot.

A Lion Hiding in the Bush at Nairobi National Park

 

A Giraffe’s  ossicones are used to fight

The stop at the picnic site was just the best. We were taught that patience is the biggest value required while doing wildlife photography. You can wait for about 3 hours just to get that perfect shot. Yes… 3 hours.
From there we continued with the game drive spotting a lot of antelopes.

Photographers, hobbyists,bloggers conservationist and tour guides during photography in the wild March edition

Lunch is a story for another day.

You can join Versatile adventures for the April edition on 21st. Mark that date for you don’t want to miss out on this and more.. let’s capture images of our resource and caption them in your own words how to conserve them #PhotographyForConservation

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The Dark Earth

In the past few recent years, a tremendous revolution in the industrialization sector in developed countries has led to immeasurable and the most damaging effects on the environment. This contagious necessary evil has extended to the third world countries who are fighting to live up to the level of these developed nations. It is with deep regret that only a few individual countries are up to the fight to once again bring life back to the once vibrant environment. At this rate, it is plausible to foresee a dark planet which screams for mercy to breathe again.

Poor vegetation along Kenyan Highlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Kenya for instance, and specifically our capital-Nairobi, environmental conservation is a major setback that has robbed the city of the clean vicinity, air as well as a noise-free city. The rot that has masked the city is a Herculean task to handle. In this regard, the National and County governments should be put to task and explain or at least come up with concrete ideas to refresh the city once again.

Nairobi clean city, that everyone wants to live in. 

It goes without saying that the rot that is eating up both Nairobi River and the Dandora dumpsite exposes the kind of poor sanitation we are living in. That said, cleaning and keeping our environment and city should be a prime responsibility of all and sundry. The government should be lauded for banning the plastic bags that were choking our environment. It is encouraging that the governments of East Africa Nations have taken the same initiative.

Marine species was at a risk of extinction due to choking by plastic bags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the other hand, it is of the essence to sensitize the people on various ways to ensure that environment remains habitable for all organisms. This should be made possible by mobilizing masses to support the government in its efforts of conservation. To encourage them to embrace environmental conservation, the government should strengthen them by providing facilities such as bins in strategic positions which serve to collect garbage, Garbage collected should be separated into organic waste, plastic waste thus being easy to recycle.

Through conservation, we will enjoy favorable climatic conditions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Environmental pollution by carbon sources is also another worrying factor that has continued to inflict wounds in our precious nature. It is sickening to live in a city where the filth of smoke and smog are a part and parcel of our otherwise clean air. This has been contributed by rapid industrialization as well as automobiles which have seen bad days but still operating on the roads. The government must move swiftly to salvage the worrying trend of the carbon and its products which has played a big role in choking our environment. A better solution and which seems saner than the use of fossil fuel is the adoption of the green energy. The industries are encouraged to adopt the use of solar-powered engines to avoid depletion of the ozone layer which has drastic impacts on the environment.

Tree planting one of the initiatives by Kakamega Heritage Foundation and Versatile Adventures team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The immediate resultant effects of these carbon sources in respiratory diseases which affects human beings. Another immediate effect is the contamination of the water sources which could lead to various ailments due to poison in the water. The National Assembly should enact laws which regulate the use of the fossil fuel in order to conserve our environment.
In conclusion, conservation is the heartbeat of our existence and our prime responsibility is to keep it in its appealing nature.

 

 

Spirit of Adventure

‘Drying Mara spells doom for wildlife’. It’s one of the headlines which captured my mind and took my attention. This was in one of our local newspapers, ‘The daily nation’. I had to take time and think about this. ‘Our wildlife our heritage’ is one of our slogans as Kenyans. Kenya benefits a lot from the wildlife and tourism industry and if we get to hear such news, it is true we have to be and get worried for they are not pleasant to listen to.

Activities such as tree cutting is among the highly discouraged anthropogenic activity at the Mara National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthropogenic activities have posed a great threat to our tourism industry. Encroachment of wildlife habitats by locals for farming and settling due to high population growth has directly affected our ecosystems. The many benefits we enjoyed from the vast forests and vegetation we had including temperature regulation, climate regulation, carbon sinks have to a far greater extent been slowly diminishing from our sights.

Leopards often drag their prey on top of a tree to avoid them being taken by other animals. Mara National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clearing up of huge areas under trees have been the order of the day. We have developed some notions in our minds of caring about much for today without wanting to know how our present actions will affect the future. We tend to be much focused with what is for today and forgetting about tomorrow. We all know that tourism, plays a pivotal role in economic development and the main tourist attraction element in Kenya is the rich wildlife resources we have. Maasai Mara in particular is one of the most exciting places famously known for the annual spectacular wildebeests migration to Serengeti Park. The conditions in the park are of no doubt unbearable to the wildlife. According to the newspaper, already wildebeests, hippos, elephants and buffalos have migrated to Serengeti Park in Tanzania.

Herd of elephants moving towards the Mara tree for a shade and rest.

It is clear that we have to join hands to avoid further destructions of the ecosystem. Checking on the population growth and the over exploitation of natural resources within the core areas of the Mara should be our sole goal so that we can save the reserve. The migration of these animals is a great concern that should not be taken lightly for it risks the sustenance of our future generation.

Giraffe good eyesight helps it to avoid surprise attacks from predators.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is our mandate to protect and conserve the forests which are sustaining the Mara River which are Mau and Nyakweri Forests in Transamara, Enoosupuka Forest in Narok West and Loita Forest in Narok South. The Mara River ecosystem is the sole determiner of life in the region. This calls therefore for efforts to be made and actions to be taken to ensure this ecosystem is protected. Its effects are very clear for if the wildlife in the reserve have steadily reduced in population, then it’s definite that we shall have few tourists visiting the area and corresponding decrease in income earned.

The best way to protect the Mara is through planting a tree and adopting it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is my appeal to all stakeholders and all locals concerned, it is our role to advocate for sustainable development. Let’s stand in solidarity to protect Maasai Mara national park and save lives. It’s our obligation to care for our wildlife and promote and protect tourism.

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#March Edition Photography In The Wild Game Drive at Nairobi National Park

Game drive session. Maasai Mara National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Early morning game drive at Nairobi National Park?

This is what you need to know about the game drives at National Parks. Since you will be leaving early in the morning, park the previous day. For instance, if your game drive is on Saturday, pack on Friday evening. Charge your batteries, remember the park has no charger, or electricity connectivity, its the wild, home to animals who know nothing about electric power, its an adventure. Remember to buy snacks. Pack everything you need early enough so as not to forget.

Conservationists gear in use was off the chain! #PhotographyForConservation

 

 

Father and son preserving memories at Nairobi park early in the morning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carry your sunscreen, sunglasses and a cap. Put on comfortable shoes, adjustable cloth wear because in the morning the weather tends to be chilly but come mid-morning hours, it turns out to be hot. Be at the meeting point early enough for you not to be left behind. Remember to carry your national identity for identification purpose the Kenya Wildlife Service, if you are a Non-residence, or a Residence make sure n to carry your passport. 

Bigfoot Adventures Executives vans parked outside Radisson Blu to ferry tourists to the park.

Versatile Adventures is a Versatile Photographers initiative to create awareness for Wildlife, Conservation, Tourism and Culture through content development.

We as Versatile Adventures, hold a monthly event dubbed #PhotographyInTheWild. An initiative which takes people to visit Nairobi National Park once every month with an aim of communicating the need to conserve the park using Photography as a tool to sell the importance of our Natural Heritage, our pride.

During the Game Drive, always have in mind what is it that you want to capture,  compose it in your mind before you click. Which story do you want to tell? What impact will it have to the society? Make sure it is a conservation revolution.

Photography is an Art and a tool to communicate the need to conserve the Natural Heritage. How would you feel when someone invades your privacy for instance your home and decides to build a public trespass through your acre of land? Is that not the same thing that the wild animals are facing? The animals may be resilient at first but eventually they will run away. Kenya as a country, will lose its title as the only country with a park in the city.

Beautiful view of Nairobi city from the Park

How will the game rangers, office administrators families that depend on Kenya Wildlife Service sustain their lifestyle? Human wildlife conflict will be the order of the day because, the wild animals will try to secure a safer home, this will end up with them being attacked too.  

This is a treasure that Nairobi city has, a pride of Lions, Bufalos, Cattle Eget bird I am sure you don’t know what type of bird it is. Come visit the park and experience this peaceful atmosphere with the only destruction being noise from the birds melodious

Join us the next edition which will take place on 21st April, 2018 from as early as 5:30am.  

The Silent Voices of Wildlife

The silent voices of wildlife have been heard far and wide globally. However, it is unfortunate that there is part of humankind that is not humane and has turned a deaf ear to these voices. Human illegal activities have led to an alarming decline in the wildlife population. Our vibrant biodiversity is at risk of depletion due to our activities that hurt their habitat and wildlife itself. It is a high time we stop and think what would be the welcome note to our future generation into this sickly planet with sickly inhabitants.

A cool and quiet atmosphere enjoyed by the birds at Hyena dam

A current case example that serves to send the point home is the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway across Nairobi National Park. It is an immeasurable act of insult to our vibrant National Park that poses a great risk of decline in wildlife that inhabits it. This may result from destructions caused by the trains noise, air pollution which may lead to health risks of the animals in the park as well as their death. Various animals will respond differently to the effects of the construction of this railway and its use. This will lead to a decline of the endangered species as well as the decline in revenue generation from this park. This is a prime area and the only park within the city thus the government must reconsider its decision to construct this railway across it.

This beautiful creature was captured at the Nairobi National Park during #PhotographyIntheWild event

According to the Living Planet Report 2014, the population sizes of vertebrate species which include birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish have declined by 52 percent over the last 40 years. This means that those populations around the globe have dropped by more than half in fewer than two human generations. It also noted that our own demands on nature are unsustainable and increasing almost uncontrollably. Further, the report indicated that we need 1.5 Earths to generate the natural resources we currently use. According to this report, the most hurting part is that we cut down trees faster than they mature, harvest more fish than the ocean replenish, and emit more carbon into the atmosphere and the oceans can absorb. These directly affect the wildlife existence and its reproduction.

The African Savannah Impala grazing captured at Maasai mara National Park

Such inhumane activities by human beings, however, can be salvaged by putting across various measures. This can be achieved by bringing together various stakeholders concerned to save the situation. These measures include creating awareness of the importance of wildlife habitats as well as provide alternatives to the use of resources from these habitats. Another measure is the reduction of carbon emission by encouraging industries to adopt the green energy initiative in order to stop the poisoning of our wildlife.
The government is also encouraged to draft legislation that will regulate the release of various chemicals and oil spills into rivers and oceans respectively. This will ensure that the aquatic life is protected against harmful and toxic chemicals.

A team of conservationists creating awareness through photography. Event #PhotographyInTheWild

In conclusion, the global governments and international communities should prioritize issues related to trends in wildlife and historical changes in climate and its implications for biodiversity to ensure that the future generations will get to enjoy our heritage.

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African Buffalos

A pair of African Buffaloes, also known as Cape buffaloes, graze near the dam at the #NairobiNationalPark. Buffaloes are one of the Big Five game attractions making them a sought after trophy in hunting. Their characteristic horns form a continuous bone shield across the top of their head, referred to as a “boss”. The horns form fully when the animal attains the age of five or six years. African buffaloes weigh about 631 kilograms are unique to South and East Africa. They have never been domesticated and are widely regarded as dangerous animals, reportedly goring and killing over 200 people every year.

Conservation status The current status of African Cape buffalo is dependent on the animal’s value to both trophy hunters and tourists, paving way for conservation efforts through anti-poaching patrols and village crop damage payouts. Buffaloes are classified as “Least Concern” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as the species remains widespread with an estimated global population of nearly 900,000 animals. More than three-quarters live in protected areas.

Special thanks to Kathy Karambu.

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The Fading Away Giraffe

Fading Away: A Masai giraffe walks by an acacia bush at the #NairobiNationalPark. It is one the three subspecies found in Kenya. The other two species are the Rothschild (Nubian) giraffe which is highly endangered and the reticulated giraffe found mostly in northern and eastern Kenya. Both the Masai and Rothschild giraffes are characterized by patches that have more jagged, star-like blotches on their bodies. However, the former which is found in southern parts of Kenya has brown spots all the way down their feet while the latter appears to have “cream-colored socks” and is found in western and central Kenya. Masai giraffe are the most abundant giraffe subspecies in Kenya at 12,000 individuals, followed by reticulated giraffe and less than 9,000 individuals and finally Rothschild giraffe at approximately 400 individuals.

Conservation status Giraffes continue to exist mostly in protected areas in 27 out of the 47 counties in the country. They travel great distances in search of forage and mates, but increasing human population, expansion of agricultural land and the development of infrastructure has caused the fragmentation of their range. From a conservation aspect, the lack of long distance movement limits access to suitable forage and the natural gene flow between populations. Giraffes in Kenya exhibit a fission-fusion social system which means that members of a herd come together and break away in response to local environment factors.

References: https://giraffeconservation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Kenyas-Giraffe-2016-LR-c-GCF.pdf https://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/africafieldcourses/2013/02/05/guide-to-kenyan-species-giraffes/

Special Thanks to Kathy Karambu

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