During the past years, especially during covid pandemic, poaching has increased dramatically in Lumo. In the absence of tourists, poachers can kill animals easier without being noticed. There is black market for meat that is sold as delicacy for buyers originated from China.
17.4.2022 Scientific Reports
Tree hyraxes by night, filmed in Taita Hills, video 5.12.2021
Large article cover + four pages in largest newspaper in Finland Helsingin Sanomat. This article was written by Petja Pelli and photographs by Mika Ranta. They managed to see dwarf galagos and tree hyraxes on the same night. On the cover was Benson with Fenix TK25 RED flashlight. https://www.hs.fi/ulkomaat/art-2000008380903.html
September 2021 fieldwork
September 2021 I spent in Taita Hills and also in Diani beach. We surveyed forests of Ngangao, Mbololo, Vuria and Yale for tree hyraxes and galagos. I also visited Diani beach forests to see Kenya coast dwarf galagos (Paragalago cocos) that inhabit coastal indigenous forests.
Video Benson Lombo took one night of African wood owl
Article about Rüppell’s Vulture and White-Backed Vulture. I was lucky to run into hundreds of vultures feeding on cow that had been killed by lions. This article tells how these species can be identified and why they are Critically Endangered (CR).
Youtube video, where you can test if you recognize nocturnal mammals of Taita Hills
New fieldwork period has began. I will be working in Taita until 12.2.2021. This time we are observing animals with thermal imaging camera. It allows us to see animals without disturbing them.
Taita tree hyrax is making international news.
Wildsolutions published page for our article, this article also has recorded calls, including some extra calls. Wildsolutions is Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program managed by primatologists and conservationists Yvonne de Yong and Thomas Butynski. Site stores recordings of vocal profiles of many nocturnal primates and tree hyraxes. This information is very valuable natural history data about populations that are under great danger because of loss of habitat and other human related reasons.
13.12.2020 Our article is out!
Rosti, H.; Pihlström, H.; Bearder, S.; Pellikka, P.; Rikkinen, J. Vocalization Analyses of Nocturnal Arboreal Mammals of the Taita Hills, Kenya. Diversity 2020, 12, 473.
Kone Foundation granted Hanna Rosti 68 000 euros for research during years 2021 and 2022. We are very grateful for this trust. Grant was given for dwarf galago and tree hyrax research and conservation.