I have a(n) (ir)rational fear of primates (that includes you)

When I used to work at a zoo, the primates used to torture me (explained in detail here, but suffice it to say they were very mean), and I rapidly developed a primate phobia. Admittedly, I’ve always been somewhat afraid of humans, which are also primates. Humans are arguably the most dangerous, lethal, and unpredictable […]

Assorted Kenyan insects (and a millipede)

I didn’t have much time for insect photography in Kenya (unfortunately), but here are some of the random photos I did get. Also, millipedes are not insects, but they are arthropods. *shrug* (PS I already shared the Cerambycids) I get you hooked with the Lepidoptera first Now for some bees…I had been searching for this […]

House geckos in Kenya

Look at these amazing feet. This is how geckos can run along ceilings Mandatory TED talk Close up on the beautiful eye I’ve seen house geckos on four continents now (Australia, South America, North America, Africa). However, Kenya (and sub-Saharan Africa in general) is their native range! We were all quite fond of the geckos […]

Some Kenyan lizards

I’ll have a separate gecko post (of course), and I’ve already written about the chameleons (1, 2), but here are some of the lizards I regularly saw around the research camp in Kenya. I think this is a Somali Painted Agama, but I’m not sure: Our most common lizard was the Red-headed Rock Agama. This […]

Disappointing warthogs

Every once in a blue moon, a friend will ask me for a drawing and I get incredibly flattered and simultaneously very stressed. Most of the time, I just draw birds, so drawing other things can be a challenge. (Not only that, but I’m not especially good even at the things I draw all the […]

Chasing elephants in Tsavo

Well, not actually chasing per se. I worked with a grad student in Kenya who was studying the foraging choices of elephants. What kinds of plants do they like and what nutrition do those plants have? Her project involved driving transects through Tsavo National Park and then trying to watch elephants eat for an hour […]

Playful juvenile elephant

One of the things I learned about elephants is that they are incredibly playful and intelligent animals. They could see us watching them at the watering hole and occasionally they would try to interact with us. I especially liked this little juvenile elephant that danced around on the far side of the watering hole. He […]