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GO RHINO GO - The African Rhinos! It is always a thrill to see Rhino in the wild, just a few days ago I saw some White Rhino peacefully grazing in the park. That reminded me of the exciting event in

The “Speckletacular” Cats: The Nairobi Servals When driving in the Nairobi National Park, always be prepared for those “suddenly” moments when you see something rare or special. It is good to drive with your camera ON! and READY! and next to

The Royal Cub Club - Lion Life Is Tough! Lion cubs are indeed very cute creatures and sightings are immensely enjoyed by those who see them in the wild. However, while there are playful and joyful moments, being part of the

The River Horse: Hippos In Nairobi! Some years ago, it was getting late on a cloudy day and almost becoming evening, and being tired after a long day, I rode slowly but purposefully through the park, not really putting extra effort

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The Call Of Africa: The African Fish Eagle! A few years ago, we witnessed an incredible and very rare natural event at the Hyena dam in the Nairobi National Park. A fish eagle landed on the bank of the dam and

The Red Buck - Impala Of Nairobi! One fine afternoon, I drove in the area of the Kingfisher picnic site, looking over the valley below at the splendor before me. The park is looking like a beautiful garden after the good

Nairobi Lion Days: The Lions Of The Nairobi National Park! Starting as an idea with a humble beginning in 2013 World Lion Day has continued as the brainchild of co-founders Dereck and Beverly Joubert, a husband-and-wife team with a passion for

The Unsung Heroes Of Wildlife As I arrived at the east gate of the Nairobi National Park, I glanced at the wall, and there in bold print was a sign with a clear message from the past in the words of

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The Rare Cheetah In The Nairobi National Park We awoke very early and entered the park just after 06h00. I decided to slowly head down towards the Athi Basin via the western boundary. We drove slowly and eventually arrived at the

The “Bluetiful” Guineafowl Of Africa We awoke early before sunrise and prepared for a morning game drive in the Meru National Park. Departing just before sunrise, we soon arrived at a low river crossing bridge, then suddenly as we reached about

Interesting Symbiotic Relationships In The Nairobi National Park We observed a large herd of buffalo drinking water and wallowing at the Embakasi dam, however, we were fascinated by the presence of many red-billed and yellow-billed oxpeckers on and around the buffalo

The Warty Wallow Of The Nairobi National Park Walter Warty awoke with an oinky grunt, and mumbled to his dear wife Wartilda “Mmmm! snork… snort… snork…how about us going to the Athi Health Spa this morning for full mudpack treatment?” Wartilda

The Speedy Antelopes Of The Nairobi National Park On a recent Sunday afternoon drive while making slow progress towards the Athi basin we saw mixed herds of Thomson's gazelle (tommies) and Grant's gazelle near the No 10 murram heaps. As we

The Rare African Skimmer We arrived at the Hyena dam early on a lazy Sunday afternoon and parked our vehicle as we often do when watching birds. Suddenly a movement on the edge of the dam caught my eye, WOW!! A

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The Sandgrouse Safari At The Nairobi National Park After another dry and dusty night, three tiny little black-faced sandgrouse chicks began to “cheep-cheep” to their parents that they were getting very thirsty. The sun was just beginning to rise when their

Be "The Creatures Voice" Of The Nairobi National Park!!! In December 2021 The Nairobi National Park will hopefully celebrate 75 years since being gazette in December 1946. Since the humble beginning, when Mervyn Cowie was the first Warden, many caring

Experience “Ganda Plus U”! This time of year with the mid-year approaching fast, many families are considering plans to travel to various vacation destinations within Kenya. However, in this article, I wish to highlight the other option right next to

Much More Than Lions! The alarm clock buzzed at 05h00, as we awoke to a new day and arrived at the gate just after 06H00. The master plan was to spend the entire day in the park, and just enjoy all

Some Monkey Business In The Nairobi National Park Driving near large trees along the Athi river we saw a large troop of vervet monkeys. It was late afternoon with the sun shining, and many of them sat enjoying the warmth. With

Waiting At The Water In The Nairobi National Park Over many years I have noted that most of us are still in “City mode” when we enter a national park and would like to see as much of the created wonders

Who Is The Boss In The Nairobi National Park? Very early on a cloudy gloomy morning we arrived at the large dam next to no 2 Junction with an Italian visitor and found a majestic male lion relaxing next to the

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Rabbits Or Hares Of The Nairobi National Park? It was late one afternoon on a cloudy day, as I drove through the Langata forest section, it was getting darker quickly in one area there were many furry little creatures hopping all

The Lily Trotters Of Nairobi National Park We sat quietly at the hyena dam, after about 10 minutes of waiting the wildlife began to behave naturally. A pair of African Jacanas (Actophilornis Africanus) emerged from the reeds and trotted easily over

The Hunter Bird Of The Nairobi National Park It was late in the afternoon as I entered the East Gate. As the weather was fairly gloomy and cloudy, I had not prepared my camera to be ready for any natural event.

The Chanler's Mountain Reedbuck While some people might be aware of the more common Bohor reedbuck frequenting the wetland areas of the Nairobi Park, very few people are aware of the rarely seen Chanler's Mountain reedbuck found in some of the

Africa's Largest Flying Bird - Kori Bustard Early one morning, we drove slowly through the park hoping to see something special. Due to the very dry conditions, a fire had burned a section of the park. Many bird species were taking

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Vultures Of The Nairobi National Park The stench of rotting flesh permeated the air in the area around the dam and tar road near the No2 junction. For some days now many people had watched lions feeding on a buffalo carcass,

Creation Is Absolutely Incredible; The Nairobi National Park - by Gareth Jones After driving in the Nairobi National Park on over 4500 occasions, over many years, I remain in awe as to the incredibly wide range and creative detail of the

Click The Pic - Enjoy Wildlife Photography!!! - by Gareth Jones I do not pretend to know everything about taking good wildlife photos, but over a period of half a century hopefully, some hard lessons have been learned. Basically, it was

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FoNNaP (Friends of Nairobi National Park) is having a Barbeque Fundraiser at MATBRONZE CAFE on Saturday 20th February at 4:30 pm. There will be lots of amazing raffle prizes & all proceeds will be going towards conservation projects in the

FoNNaP Merchandise For Sale Payment Details:MPESA TILL No. 275211Cheques and Credit Card AcceptedCheques to: Friends Of Nairobi National Park(FoNNaP Members get a 10% Discount)All Proceeds Support FoNNaP’s Programs in the Park and Administrative Cost.

The Hybrid Waterbuck Of The Nairobi National Park Waterbuck are one of those species in the Nairobi National Park that are not often seen and are therefore not really predictable on their exact location. I do know they are seen most

The Importance Of Biomass At The NNP - Written by Gareth Jones We all need the energy to survive in the world, wild animals who eat plant species can only survive and thrive if there is enough plant material, like grasses,

NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK - CROC SHOCK!!! - By GARETH JONES It was a cold cloudy morning as I sat quietly at the Hyena dam, waiting and watching to see what bird action there was. Suddenly a movement caught my attention, the

Athi Basin Jackals In The Nairobi National Park Early one morning I decided to drive down to the Athi basin and took one of the backtracks to look for wildlife, suddenly a black-backed jackal was seen lying down in the

The Sosian Serval Spotted In The Nairobi National Park When driving in the Nairobi National Park, always be prepared for those “suddenly” moments when you see something rare or special. It is good to drive with your camera ON! and READY!

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The Suni- Special & Secretive A while ago while driving on the tar road towards the main gate in the late afternoon, I saw a tiny antelope eating next to the road. It was a tiny Suni! They are only found

Mother's Tough Love Choice - Crowned Lapwing & Its Chicks In Nairobi National Park Several weeks ago, I noticed a bird sitting less than 2 metres from the road, it was a crowned lapwing. After stopping my vehicle for a

Fun Family Moments At The Nairobi National Park The alarm clock buzzed at 05h00 as we awoke to a new day and arrived at the gate just after 06H00. The master plan was to spend the entire day in the park, and

The Great Escape! Early one morning while driving through the park, I suddenly had a “flashback moment” of a traumatic incident that happened to me during the post-election violence on the morning of Monday 14th April 2008…. “ One of

The Thrill Bills Of The Nairobi National Park As I approached a dam in the forest near the Langata gate, a flash of colour caught my eye, there in the midst of the reeds was a magnificent saddle-billed stork. I sat

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Sandgrouse Safari Moment In The Nairobi National Park After another dry and dusty dark night, three tiny little black-faced sandgrouse chicks began to “cheep-cheep” to their parents that they were getting very thirsty. The sun was just beginning to rise

The Call Of Africa By Nairobi National Park's Raptors Nearly two years ago we witnessed an incredible event at the Hyena dam in the Nairobi National Park. A fish eagle landed on the bank of the dam and stood for

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Climbing Lions Of The Nairobi National Park On a cloudy Saturday afternoon as I drove through the park, in the valley below No5 junction, a group of giraffe caught my attention. The giraffes were all standing still and looking in

Interesting Natural Relationships Within The Nairobi National Park We observed a large herd of buffalo drinking water and wallowing at the Embakasi dam, however, I was fascinated by the presence of many red-billed and yellow-billed oxpeckers. As we sat quietly the

Lions Of Nairobi That Live In The Nairobi National Park For thousands of years, lions have roamed the area we call Nairobi today. Humans have also co-existed with wildlife in this area for thousands of years. However, within the last 120

Flightless & Fast In The Nairobi National Park One fine afternoon, I drove into the park from the East gate. An ostrich was walking quickly parallel to the road. So I drove slowly forward towards him, the ostrich responded by increasing

Pelicans Of The Nairobi National Park Over many years I have noted that most of us are still in “City mode” when we enter a national park and would like to see as much of the created wonders as possible. Our

A Serval Morning In The Nairobi National Park When driving in the Nairobi National Park, it is always good to be prepared for those “suddenly” moments when you see something rare or special. Try to drive with your camera ON and

Wonderful Maasai Mara Moments With Gareth Jones The year 2020 has been an extreme year in many ways, with millions of people worldwide being severely restricted regarding legal permission to travel and also facing serious economic losses. We personally became “locked-in” to Nairobi

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Hunting For Treasure In The Nairobi National Park On Sunday 30th of August 2020, a number of people participated in a “treasure hunt” organized by the Friends of Nairobi National Park ( FoNNaP). For those who might not be aware, this

Spotting The Spotted Cat - By Gareth Jones It was early morning on a beautiful day, as we drove slowly through the park appreciating the sunrise and God’s wonderful creation. As we drove along the western boundary over rocky terrain, a

BUSY BUZZ or BUSH BUZZ? In the modern madness of the Nairobi megacity, it is so easy to become overburdened with the burdens of the multiple issues and events that happen constantly, to the point where overload happens and people behave

Lark Kills Mantis In The Nairobi National Park It was late in the afternoon and the shadows began to form shapes across the road, I was driving slowly, and stopping frequently to watch and listen. I continued driving as I watched

The Water Beasts - Hippos Early one morning many years ago, we drove along a fairly remote stretch of track along the Tsavo River. We rounded a tight bend in thick bush and drove into an area with thick lush green

Lions On Honeymoon At The Nairobi National Park Early one cool morning we found a mating pair of lions near no 8 junction, quite close to the road. The one-eyed male was in his prime and is known to many people

Big Billed Birds Of Nairobi National Park As I approached a dam in the forest, I slowed the vehicle down to a crawl speed in the hope that my arrival would not alarm any wildlife that might be at the water.

RHINO CROSSING IN THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Every time we drive into the park there is an excitement in knowing that every day is different and that we might witness something unusual. Recently on a relatively cool morning, we drove to

Feathered Fluffballs Of Nairobi National Park Over the years, we have enjoyed many aspects of the Nairobi National Park, always with an air of expectation and anticipation mixed with the excitement of what could possibly be seen. There is something wonderfully

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BABY BABOONS OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK Not too long ago, much wildlife roamed freely in the Nairobi area as there was very little human development, however, in the last 100 years the city has grown dramatically and most of the

The Big Babies Of Nairobi National Park As we drove around a bend in the road, a female white rhino and her calf were quite close to the road. We stopped and observed them for a while, as we sat in

Balancing The Biomass At The NNP - Written by Gareth Jones We all need the energy to survive in the world, wild animals who eat plant species can only survive and thrive if there is enough plant material, like grasses, leaves,

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COWS & CATS OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK As we arrived at the dam next to no 9 Junction, a massive herd of buffalo could be seen spread out wide from the dam across the valley. There were so many cows

Tortoises & Terrapins Of The Nairobi National Park With the recent heavy rains, although the park was very wet and muddy, it has been possible to see more of the creatures that are not normally seen. While driving along I saw

THE GENTLE GIANTS OF NNP Looking down from the wall of the Athi dam, we watched as a large herd of giraffe lined up to drink out of a stream just below the dam. They seemed to prefer fresh running water

THE LOG MESS MUDSTER OF THE NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK After more than 6 months of rains, the park is looking very verdant with plants growing in abundance and flowers everywhere, however, the road network has been seriously affected in many places.