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African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) puppies

Closing 2018: Leopards, African Wild Dogs, and Rabies Campaign

As we come to the close of 2018, Mpala remains abuzz with action including the return of the African wild dogs and more recorded sightings of the elusive leopard. We also just concluded the 4th Annual Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign (LRVC) with 14,575 dogs and cats vaccinated against the deadly rabies virus! At Mpala Research Centre

A charging young bull.

Elephants Run the Show

Mpala’s favourite watering hole continues to present fascinating sights and sounds of the Ewaso Ng’iro river. Of the estimated 100 mammal and 550 bird species in the region, including large populations of elephants and rare animals like the Grevy’s zebra, reticulated giraffe and the African wild dog, this watering hole, better known as the Hippo

Cheetah
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Acinonyx jubatus

Service Dogs Help Save Cheetahs from Extinction in the Wild

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), at least 10,000 species become extinct annually. Fast approaching this sad marker is the world’s fastest land mammal, the cheetah. Once occurring throughout much of Africa and Asia, the cheetah has now vanished from most of the regions. At Mpala, a team of scientists from Action for Cheetahs is using trained

Ele fam

Injured Elephants Treated in the Wild: Calf Rescued and two Adults on the Mend!

It has been an eventful couple of months at Mpala, the home of African wildlife on Explore. First, we reported the daring dramatic rescue and treatment of a snared elephant calf in August, followed by a series of events along the Ewaso Ng’iro river that were triggered by the death of a hippo in the

Red-billed Oxpecker

Oxpeckers: A Taste for Blood

In the savannah, most large mammals depend on the services of a common ‘grooming crew,’  the ever-present oxpecker, one of the most commonly sighted birds on our  live cameras. On Mpala we have red-billed oxpeckers and yellow-billed oxpeckers.  Where both species feed together, the yellow-billed are generally dominant. The birds perch on wild and domestic animals to eat parasites found in

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