The Sanye and Boni peoples are honey-gatherers by tradition, harvesting honey using old-age methods and techniques. Although there is much to admire about their customary beekeeping there are also negative impacts on the environment such as the occurrence of accidental bushfires.

Through the fusion of modern and traditional methods of beekeeping it is one of the Lamu Conservation Trust future missions to provide support to honey production in the area helping to increase this alternative source of income for the communities and meet demand for improved quality and quantity of hive products for increased honey production.

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The prolonged drought in Lamu is threatening the survival of many wild species including hippos, buffalo and lions. Wild animals have been forced to drink saline water from the Indian Ocean as natural watering holes rapidly dry out.

The rich fauna of the Lamu Archipelago has been under threat in recent months due to a prolonged dry spell across much of Kenya. The drought hit the region’s wildlife hard with animals suffering from severe thirst and starvation, but thankfully Lamu’s diverse species are making a come back.

As a solitary animal, it was extra special to capture these fantastic images taken from the Lamu Conservation Trust camera trap showing two cheetahs feeding on a topi. Cheetah mothers are known to bring back small, live antelopes back to her cubs to teach them how to chase, catch and kill. However, it seems this family is relatively experienced in capturing their prey.

The Lamu District was once home to the densest population of wildlife in Kenya and in 1972 boasted the second largest elephant population in Kenya estimated at over 21,000. Yet today the elephant population has plummeted catastrophically to perhaps numbering less than 100 individuals.