Birdlife

The bird biodiversity within the Lamu district is vast, including the near threatened Southern Banded Snake-eagle and the endemic Fishers Turaco.

In addition the regionally threatened Saddle-billed Stork, African Crowned Eagle, the endemic Little Yellow Flycatcher and Scaly Babbler are all existent.

Other species: Mombasa Woodpecker, Chestnut-fronted Helmet-shrike, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Forest Batis, Green-backed Twinspot, a number of Intra-African migrating birds including the Yellowbill, Broad-billed Roller, Red Capped Robin-chat.

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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.