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Part 2 of our journey to Salonga focuses on Congolese anti-poaching patrols and attempts to wean the local community from the bush meat trade. 350 eco-guards man 40 bush posts, to patrol a wilderness the size of Belgium, where rivers...
Salonga National Park is Africa’s biggest rainforest. It’s surface is larger than Belgium, the Congo’s former colonial ruler. An estimated 80,000 elephants once roamed Salonga’s forests. After decades of poaching, only elephants 1,800 remain, but the forest is largely intact....
They have a fearsome reputation in Kenya, but crocodiles are now being raised by the tens of thousands for the international skin trade. The Tana River Delta’s traditional communities are allowed to harvest the eggs, which are then grown by...
Pangolins are toothless, gentle creatures that feed on insects using their tongue. Unfortunately for pangolins, their protective scales are made of keratin, just like the rhinos’ horns. Used in traditional Chinese medicine, pangolin scales command a black market price of...
The Grey Crowned Crane is an iconic symbol for Uganda, appearing on its flag, and coat of arms. The national football team is even called the “Uganda Cranes,” in honor of the towering birds’ strength and invincibility. But sadly, this...
What are the strategies employed by Watamu’s Turtle Watch to save endangered sea turtles: promote alternative livelihoods in an area that is severely overfished, pay fishermen who return turtles they inadvertently caught in their nets, clean plastic debris from beaches...
Since 1997 Watamu Turtle Watch has rescued over 17,000 turtles and released them back into the Indian Ocean. Marine turtles are often caught in fishermen’s nets or tangled in floating debris. Watamu Turtle Watch has worked hard to rehabilitate injured...
Wild Dogs were once hunted down because they were regarded as vermin. Today only 400 – 500 wild dogs remain in Kenya. They are the second most endangered top predator and have suffered from epidemics of rabies and distemper originating...
Food waste is one of the leading causes of climate change. Farmers in Kenya are wasting up to 50% of their harvest when their crops are rejected for cosmetic reasons or dumped because of last minute order cancellations. Millions of...
Coral Reefs are one of the most bio diverse ecosystems on the planet, hosting as many species as tropical rainforests. Their bio-mass is so high because of the variety of fish and algae they shelter. They also protect the coastline...
Snakes are some of the most vilified creatures on earth, responsible for 900 deaths a year in Kenya. But they play a vital role in the rural environment by controlling the rodent population. Kenyan scientists say people and snakes can...
Jim Nyamu has just walked 4000 km in a personal quest to save elephants. “Ivory Belongs To Elephants,” follows his epic trek from Kenya to Botswana and his effort to raise the alarm that elephants face extinction in our lifetimes....
It’s one of the rarest antelopes in Kenya, uniquely adapted to its watery home. Splayed hoofs and a slick coat allow the Sitatunga to silently navigate through watery swamps and thick reeds. Because Sitatungas are so elusive, no one had...
The Mau Forest, the source of the Mara River, is under assault from deforestation and charcoal burning Land hungry farmers and unscrupulous politicians are responsible for the degradation of the environment, with drastic consequences for both downstream communities and wildlife,...
Rwanda’s bats have a terrible reputation for supposedly spreading Ebola and because they’ve supposedly tied to “witchcraft. In fact these massive “flying squirrels” are helping communities by keeping malarial mosquitoes and crop eating pests at bay. Scientists are trying to...
Mount Kenya is a sacred place for the Kikuyus who live below its southern and western slopes. The people are agriculturalists, who make use of the highly fertile volcanic soil. They also believe that Mount Kenya is God’s resting place....
The Indian Ocean is one East Africa’s greatest assets, but sadly, it is under serious threat. Large scale urbanization and population growth have created an environmental crisis, one major issue being that of waste management. This film seeks to address...
When the fishermen of Ras Fumba on Zanzibar Island discovered that their catch was rapidly decreasing they took action. Outsiders were ruining the marine environment by overfishing and the use of poisons and dynamite. With the help of the local...
In the 1980s, 155,000 giraffes roamed the African landscape. Today, estimates put the population at less than 100,000 – a drop of almost 40%. In some areas traditionally regarded as prime giraffe habitat, numbers have dropped by more than 95%....
Cheetahs, the world’s fast land mammals, are racing towards extinction. In 1975, 14,000 cheetahs roamed Africa. Today there are only 7,100 cheetahs left in all of Africa and only 600 in Kenya. The biggest reason for their decline here is...
The indigenous Sengwer people have been hunters and gatherers in Kenya’s Embobut Forest and Cherengani Hills since ancient times. But unlike most traditional communities in Kenya they were never given title to their land. The Kenya Forest Service has in...
Pollinators are responsible for the production of various crops, fruits, fibers, medicinal plants and the regeneration of wild plants. However, many farmers lack the knowledge to identify the beneficial insects from damaging pests. At the same time, indiscriminate use of...
In Kenya’s dry south-east there is a critical wildlife migration corridor called Kasigau, connecting Tsavo East and West National Parks. More than 2000 elephants share the land with local communities, who have traditionally survived by bush meat poaching and charcoal...
Almost every year the Nyando River in western Kenya breaks its banks and nearby residents are forced to cope with massive flooding. Entire towns are submerged and precious crops are washed away. In April 2017, catastrophic floods swept through Kenya...
Between 1990 and 2010, Burundi lost 40.5% of its forest cover, or around 117,000 hectares. Illegal cutting of trees for charcoal production is the primary cause for this drastic decline. Charcoal burning is big business in a country that depends...
The Grevy’s Zebra population has declined faster than that of any other African mammal, falling from 15,000 individuals in the 1970s to just 2,350 today. Only half of the Grevy’s Zebra live in protected areas. So what will save this...
The proposed 1000 megawatt coal fired power plant in remote Lamu county of northern Kenya may negatively affect the environment. Yet despite the danger emissions will pose to people, mangroves and water quality along this pristine coastline, the plant is...
In the dramatic conclusion of End of the River investigative reporter John-Allan Namu tries to find out who was behind the attacks and killings in Laikipia. Is the violence in Laikipia a sign of things to come in the era...
The violence that accompanied the 2017 drought in Kenya’s Laikipia County was unprecedented. By the end of year, over 35 people were killed and millions of dollars worth of property destroyed. The conflicts pitted nomadic cattle herders against landowners, ranchers,...
Kenya experienced one of the worst droughts in memory, because critics say, it has cut down its trees. Forests used to cover 30% of the land In pre-colonial times. Now they only occupy 6% of Kenya’s space. Helen and Kenya...
In Uganda bush meat snares are crippling the chimpanzees of Kibale National Park. One in four chimpanzees in the wild has lost fingers or limbs to snares. But Max has survived without both legs below the knee, and is taking...
Geothermal energy, which is a clean low carbon energy source, currently provides half of Kenya’s energy needs. Its importance will keep growing as Kenya’s tries to connect 90 % of its citizens to the electric power grid. Unfortunately most geothermal...
Mangrove forests are among the most threatened habitats on earth, disappearing faster than even rainforests. But mangroves are also the coast’s nursery, providing shelter for 75% of commercially caught fish. Kenya has lost a fifth of its coastal forests in...
The worst drought in decades showed how vulnerable East Africa is to climate change and that people and wildlife will share a similar fate. In the parched northern county of Baringo juvenile elephants were rescued from drying quagmires of mud,...
With their hunched posture and baldheads, vultures are associated with death. But they are the unsung cleanup crew in Africa. Without them diseases would spread and the Maasai Mara Reserve with smell like a slaughterhouse. But in the last 30...
In 1970 Kenya had 20,000 black rhinos. By 1989 only 400 rhinos were left. They were killed for their horn, prized in Asia for folk medicine , where a kilo fetches $60K on the black market. The only way to...
Imagine treating a 200 pound gorilla that’s broken her leg after falling out of a tree. That’s a routine call for Rwanda’s Dr. Gaspard and Gorilla doctors working in Volcanoes National Park. On other days he will treat gorillas hurt...
Nairobi’s building boom has created an environmental catastrophe in Kenya’s semi arid eastern provinces. You can’t make cement without sand, often illegally scooped out of riverbeds by an army of workers in Machakos and Makueni countries. After the sand has...
Kenya’s marine life is increasingly chocked by plastic debris. Flip lops, plastic bottles and nets clutter the white sand beaches, entangling and killing marine animals, birds and fish. In Watamu, local clean up crews collect the plastic and sort it...
Kakamega is Kenya’s only tropical rain forest and home to 480 species of birds.  But this biological treasure house is under threat from an exploding local population.  Ernest Musotso has fathered 30 children and like his neighbors, he’s been nibbling...
Elephants, the largest land animals, are majestic creatures. Many farmers in Kenya see them as lumbering pests. Human-wildlife conflict is becoming a bigger threat to elephants than poaching. Amboseli National Park is home to more than 1600 elephants. But the...
Kenya’s youth will save their wildlife, only if they appreciate what they’ve inherited in their National Parks and Conservancies. Guided by local conservationists, the children will experience the first time thrill of spotting endangered Baringo giraffes and the spectacular flamingo...
Kenya is lucky to have some of the most spectacular wildlife in the world but increasingly it’s in conflict with local people. The big question is: Do they even care? If not why? Are their concerns legitimate? Is the value...
In 2016 Kenya organized the largest ivory burn in history, in an attempt to stop the poaching of elephants.  For Kuki Gallmann, from the Laikipia Nature Conservancy,  Africa’s elephant slaughter is personal. Some of the ivory she and her rangers...
In the second part of “End of the River” John-Allan Namu documents how a severe drought has impacted Kenya’s northern rangelands.  Competing tribesmen have attacked livestock and burned down fences and buildings of ranches and conservancies in Laikipia. Are Kenya’s...
Kenya’s most famous TV investigative reporter produced a four part  film on the cattle wars in northern Kenya.  In the lawless wilderness of northern Kenya, where pastoralists graze their cows, well-armed herders are forced to compete for diminishing grasslands in...
Part 2 of Fish Eagles continues to document the threats faced by Lake Naivasha from invasive species introduced into the lake.  The film also profiles the people working to find a solution to the lake’s environmental crisis.
Lake Naivasha has the largest population of African fish eagles in the world, despite that fact that Naivasha city has grown to a million people and hosts one of the main export earners of Kenya – the flower industry. Although...
Part 2 of Ziwa Victoria documents unsound environmental practices along the Great Lake’s shoreline: the replacement of indigenous rainforests with palm oil plantations, artisanal gold mines that leach mercury, uncontrolled use of pesticides and sewage pollution.  They all contribute to...
Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake, but an ecological disaster threatens the lake’s future and the 35 million people who depend on its bounty.  The lake has seen of the largest losses of biodiversity ever recorded. 300 native fish species...
“Water to Dust” explores the threat faced by Africa’s largest desert lake, Lake Turkana. It’s principal water source, the Omo river, has been dammed in neighboring Ethiopia. If the lake dries up, hundreds of thousands of Kenyans will lose their...