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My favorite species

Last updated about 5 years ago

These are my favorite species from the Turkana Basin in Northern Kenya.

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    Bucorvus abyssinicus

    Abyssinian Ground-hornbill

    These majestic black birds walk for miles across the dry desert scrub looking for insects and small reptiles to eat. They used to be quite common in these parts but they are increasingly hard to see. Increasingly threatened by human population increase and livestock numbers these are surely threatened with extinction.

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    Gongylophis colubrinus

    Sand Boa

    Also known as Eryx colubrinus. This is just a beautiful snake rarely seen. My daughters occasionally find them and they give them huge pleasure handling them and watching them burrow swiftly out of sight into the soft sand.Sadly they are so often mistaken by the people we work with for the more poisonous carpet viper - the subspecies named after my uncle Jonathan Leakey is Echis pyramidum leakeyi