April 10, 2014

Field Notes: Mpala Research Centre, Kenya

We're currently in Kenya documenting The Mpala Research Centre and all of its amazing wildlife. Mpala lies beneath the shadow of Mt. Kenya, in the center of Laikipia County, and is home to 7,000 elephants, the world's 4th largest African wild dog population, and the endangered Grevy's zebra.  What makes this place even more unique is that these large wildlife populations live alongside herds of livestock within a 200km2 unfenced landscape.  The Mpala Research Centre "receives hundreds of students, educators, and scientists from around the globe each year, conducting research on everything from parasites to elephants."

Check out some photos from the field!

©Jessey Dearing
  
There are 7 Northern White Rhinos left in the world.
4 of the 7 are at the Ol Pejeta Conservatory.
© Jessey Dearing

©Jessey Dearing

A Mpala researcher removes a weaver bird
from the netting to tag and release.
©Jessey Dearing

© Jessey Dearing

Early morning camel milking at Mpala.
©Jessey Dearing