Category: Yleinen

Taita tree hyrax – elephant in the tree

(Dendrohyrax sp.) I will never forget fist time that I heard tree hyrax. I was sitting on a log. It was first time I was in the forest after dark. I was companied by Kenya Forest Service ranger Jonam Mwandoe. Startling call, that seemed…

Taita mountain dwarf galago (Paragalago sp.)

Unidentified, and probably new primate species – or subspecies – still exists in Taita Hills Also Taita tree hyrax is most likely new species, endemic to Taita Hills, and in the brink of extinction In Taita Hills there is small primate species that was…

Rock hyraxes of Mt Kenya

What is a hyrax anyway? Most people who see hyraxes in Kenya or in Africa in general think that they are some sort of rodents, as they look like overgrown guinea pigs. It is amazing that closest relatives to hyraxes are elephants! These animals…

Mt Kenya climbing – take spikes with you

Mt Kenya is amazingly beautiful mountain with incredible plant fauna. There are several routes to choose from, so climber can ascend and descend from different directions. I had always been fascinated by walking up the mountain, as you can basically walk from Equator to…

Mt Kasigau – ancient indigenous forest

Mt Kasigau is one of Eastern Arc Mountains, belonging to world HOT SPOT areas of biodiversity. Indigenous forest that covers Mt Kasigau is amazing and mysterious remnant of forests that have been almost cleared. I have visited Mt Kasigau with plant biology course and…

Elephants are pushing down trees of savanna

what should be done to protect the biodiversity Elephants in Tsavo and Lumo were severy poached, hunted for ivory for decades. Elephant poaching is less severe in many areas of Kenya at the moment, but it happens, as can be seen from orphan stories…

Owl butterflies of Ngangao night

I had lots of spear time in the forest. During this time I took pictures of moths. These moths that fly during the night are large. One up above the title is as large as my hand. This beautiful butterfly is less common, but…

Night in Ngangao Forest

I have been incredibly blessed by having opportunity to spend about three months observing nightlife in Ngangao and other Taita forests. At night forest is magical beyond any words of describing it. Change in evening and in the morning from nightshift to dayshift is…

About me

I am Hanna Rosti researcher, PhD student, from University of Helsinki, Finland. This blog is created to share information about incredible nature and animals of Taita Hills. This incredible nature should be protected. My research focuses on nocturnal mammals of Taita Hills. Taita mountain…

Lumo Community Wildlife Conservancy

Lumo is community owned conservation area in Taita. It is bordered by Taita Hills and Tsavo National Park. On the other side Lumo is connected to Sarova Taita Hills Wildlife Sanctuary. Lumo is 50 000 hectare area owned by more than 5000 local people….

Story of the Hippo in Lumo

As I was volunteering in Lumo, one day we came across footprints on the road, quite close to Lions Rock. Head-ranger Elvis and others thought that there is camel, escaped from some local camel farm. As we followed these foot prints for a day,…