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Jaboya vs. jakambi: status, negotiation and HIV risks among female migrants in the "sex for fish" economy in Nyanza, KenyaMon, 2013-11-25 08:06
Carol S. Camlin, Zachary A. Kwena, and Shari L. Dworkin
In Nyanza Province, Kenya, HIV incidence is highest (26.2%) in the beach communities along Lake Victoria. Prior research documented high mobility and HIV risks among fishermen; mobility patterns and HIV risks faced by women in fishing communities are less well researched. This study aimed to characterize forms of mobility among women in the fish trade in Nyanza; describe the spatial and social features of beaches; and assess characteristics of the “sex-for-fish” economy and its implications for HIV prevention.
Four villagers in north-east Kenya have chased down and captured two cheetahs which were killing their goats.
Read the complete article at BBC News
The owner of the goats told the BBC that the cheetahs had been picking off his animals one by one, day by day.
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A huge water source has been discovered in the arid Turkana region of northern Kenya which could supply the country for 70 years, the government says.
The discovery of two aquifers brings hope to the drought-hit region, tweeted Environment Minister Judi Wakhungu.
By KATIE HILER
Read the complete article in the New York Times
Anyone who has watched a cheetah run down an antelope knows that these cats are impressively fast. But it turns out that speed is not the secret to their prodigious hunting skills: a novel study of how cheetahs chase prey in the wild shows that it is their agility — their skill at leaping sideways, changing directions abruptly and slowing down quickly — that gives those antelope such bad odds.
Cabinet sends strong message to Kenyans that things are changing fast, the wildlife sector will thrive and who seek to destroy the wildlife asset will not be tolerated
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Kenya's Cabinet has approved a complete overhaul of the country's national wildlife legislation by approving the Wildlife Bill and Policy, in one of the swiftest responses to the recent reports of escalating poaching of elephants and rhinos. Parliament is expected to quickly ratify this decision which will open a new era of wildlife conservation in Kenya where tourism which is largely wildlife-based generates 12% of the Gross Domestic Product and creates over 300,000 jobs.
In this year’s IUCN Conference of the Parties meeting it was stated that IUCN recognized the threat to cheetahs posed by the illegal pet trade. As explained in previous blogs, our fecal detection dog project will assist in gathering necessary information about the region of origin using genetic markers. Currently it is not known if the confiscated cubs originate in Kenya or if our country is the passing route for cheetahs from other countries.
In the past three months, Cosmas has completed two driving game counts in the Salama study area. Peter Barber returned to Kenya from Canada to visit different areas of Kenya and to assist ACK. Peter has assisted with driving and walking game counts for the last several years. In the May game count Cosmas and Peter saw a serval cat on the Kima ranch – this is the first serval seen during a game count since 2008. We are grateful to Peter for all of his support including game count driving!
Our research has been affiliated with KWS since 2001. Each year we submit study results, achievements and data to KWS to assist with cheetah conservation decisions. In the field we work closely with the Senior Warden, Community Warden, Science Officer and Area Rangers. During project planning we consult with specialists in the topic of our proposed study. Senior research offices read through and approve proposals, and authorize our work. It was our pleasure to host two of the senior officers to our Salama research site in late March. It is the goal of Dr.
Deanna has also been assisting in setting up the laboratory portion of the scat prey hair analysis. We hired Viola Rono as the laboratory technician. Viola had training in Biology and Micro-biology and had previously conducted an internship with the KWS laboratory through the veterinary department. Viola has perfected the mounting methodology for the hair analysis and has developed the guide key that will allow us to determining the prey selection of cheetahs from the 200 scats collected in Salama and Athi Kapiti in 2012.
Chai and Cujo are not the first dogs trained by ACK staff and students. In 2008-2010 we trained my pet dog Ginger. A PhD candidate, Chifuyu Beckett (Hawksby) worked diligently to train Ginger. However, Ginger had a very strong bond to me, and the changes in ownership/training caused stress to both Ginger and to me. Ginger is also easily distracted by squirrels, monkeys and rats… thus her focus on the tack of scat detection would often take a sideline.
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