Karura Colobus Translocation Comes to Successful Close

Settling in…

NEWS FLASH — The translocation of an endangered sub-species of Colobus Monkeys has now been successfully come to a close with the release of the last batch of seven black-and-whites in the Sigiria side of Karura Forest, including one babe-in-arms. The project is part of FKF’s continuing effort to return Karura to its original state to provide ecosystem services for all.

The Karura Colobus monkey transaction project is one of the most successful ever undertaken for arboreal primates with a success rate of 94%!

Peter Fundi and his team from the Institute for Primate Research have continued to brave steep slopes and colobus-unfriendly farmers on the edge of the Aberdares to capture and release into Sigiria 29 monkeys. The forth and last batch of monkeys was held at the new acclimatisation cage not far from Junction 69 for two days and released to freedom on Friday, 4 March.

The target of 120 in the Main Forest and 30 in Sigiria — calculated on the basis of estimated availability of food plants for the monkeys — was nearly reached just as the capture permit from the Kenya Wildlife Service expired. The total number in Karura is now 142, including seven infants conceived and born in the forest: a great start for a health population.

The black-and-whites are settling in and beginning to spread out. Andrew Kuria, the IPR-FKF Colobus Field Assistant reports that the Sigiria newcomers all are doing well and a few have penetrated as far as Junction 63. And in the main forest,  they are regularly spotted along the Family Trail between Junctions 2 and 3, and now, with the holding cage moved closer to the Karura River, along the Mau-Mau Trail and near Junction 23.

The re-ntroduction of Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza kikuyuensis) began in early 2014. Under the careful and experienced protocols of the Institute of Primate Research (http://www.primateresearch.org/), FKF, along with KFS and KWS, and with more generous support from AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) has brought this iconic highlands primate sub-species back to Karura Forest from remnant, endangered populations on the fringes of the Aberdares in the region of Kiribati and Wanjohi.

Free at last!

The releasees cannot believe their eyes: look at all the food!!

The isolated animals are gently encouraged to seek food in humane trap cages. The monkeys are first released in a large holding-acclimatisation cage in a hidden location in the heart of Karura, as you can see in the video. Colobus can now be spotted them in the forest canopy as you walk through the indigenous parts of the forest. Look for the conspicuous bushy white tale. And see more images on the FKF Facebook page by clicking here.

 

Tara Path Now On-Leash for Dogs

Dog Walkers in northern part of the main forest Please Take Note. Tara Path together with the new picnic site along the Ruaka River near the Tree Outlook Platform is now an On-Leash zone.

Dogs on LeashThe whole of Wangari Maathai Track and Muhugu Trail remains off-leash, for the time being (see map). That still gives you and your dog over 8 km of trail on which to exercise. Note that the area to the south (left as you are walking from Sharks Gate) of Wangari Maathai Track is strictly a no-go wildlife zone down to the Karura River.

There have been more incidents of dogs bothering visitors and killing wildlife — recently a Suni was torn to pieces by two ridgebacks whose owner was obviously unable to control them and seemed indifferent to what was happening. 

 

WALKING YOUR DOG IN A OFF-LEASH AREA IS NOT A LICENCE TO HUNT OR HASSLE VISITORS OR ATTACK OTHER DOGS. DOGS MUST BE UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES, EVEN IN OFF-LEASH AREAS. OFFENDERS SHALL BE SUMMARILY BANNED FROM THE FOREST.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Ticketing & Entry Control System — Delays, but Coming Soon

The new ticketing and entry control system (TECS) is taking longer than we had hope to be implements for Karura’s special needs. The developers assure us that it should  be up and running by 19 September. Please be patient and bear with us, and with the Gate Clerks as they become familiar with the system.
Please make sure you sign-in at the gates and get a receipt for entry fees and maps. Keep the receipt with you.
Annual Pass holders: As you sign the entry book, please pause an extra few seconds to get an electronic ticket. That will help the Friends of Karura keep accurate statistics of forest usage.
Security and maintenance in the forest depends on revenue from events and gate-takings.
Your gate fees help maintain the security fence and pay the Karura Scouts.
Please retain and be prepared to show your receipts to FKF Scouts or KFS Rangers on patrol.
And make sure that your receipt matches your category of entry.
Many thanks!

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

TripAdvisor2015

One again visitors have given Karura top marks as the 3rd best attraction (out of 91) in Nairobi.

 

Dogs in Sigiria – Off-leash area re-opened

Dogs back off-leashAt the last KFK-KFS Joint Management Meeting it was decided to allow dogs to be off-leash in one specific area of Sigiria on a trial basis.

The area is the vlei (grassland) between Junctions 61 and 63a. All other parts of Sigiria, including the paths leading to and from the vlei are strictly on-leash. Check out the maps page.

Please make certain that your dogs are under control even if off-leash in the vlei as they interact with other dogs and people. We would like to ask you to adopt the neckerchief colour-coded system (see Dog Guidelines). We hope to have neckerchiefs for sale at a modest cost at the gates soon.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Useful Karura Contact Numbers

Kenya Forest Service
John Orwa, Chief Forester …… 0727 818963
Corporal Kuloba ..…….……. 0721 409662

Friends of Karura Forest
John Chege, Chief Scout ………………… 0724 215423
Peter Njui, G4S ……………………………. 0722 846264
Karanja Njoroge, Chair ………………..…. 0729 030301
Cristina Boelcke-Croze, Vice-Chair …… 0702 633613

Please make a note of these numbers and carry your mobile with you. Keep to the marked trails and exercise caution particularly when they are wet and slippery. Note that mobile reception is virtually non-existent along the Karura River between the Mau-Mau Caves and  the Waterfall.

Mar 05

Karura Colobus Translocation Comes to Successful Close

Settling in…

NEWS FLASH — The translocation of an endangered sub-species of Colobus Monkeys has now been successfully come to a close with the release of the last batch of seven black-and-whites in the Sigiria side of Karura Forest, including one babe-in-arms. The project is part of FKF’s continuing effort to return Karura to its original state to provide ecosystem services for all.

The Karura Colobus monkey transaction project is one of the most successful ever undertaken for arboreal primates with a success rate of 94%!

Peter Fundi and his team from the Institute for Primate Research have continued to brave steep slopes and colobus-unfriendly farmers on the edge of the Aberdares to capture and release into Sigiria 29 monkeys. The forth and last batch of monkeys was held at the new acclimatisation cage not far from Junction 69 for two days and released to freedom on Friday, 4 March.

The target of 120 in the Main Forest and 30 in Sigiria — calculated on the basis of estimated availability of food plants for the monkeys — was nearly reached just as the capture permit from the Kenya Wildlife Service expired. The total number in Karura is now 142, including seven infants conceived and born in the forest: a great start for a health population.

The black-and-whites are settling in and beginning to spread out. Andrew Kuria, the IPR-FKF Colobus Field Assistant reports that the Sigiria newcomers all are doing well and a few have penetrated as far as Junction 63. And in the main forest,  they are regularly spotted along the Family Trail between Junctions 2 and 3, and now, with the holding cage moved closer to the Karura River, along the Mau-Mau Trail and near Junction 23.

The re-ntroduction of Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza kikuyuensis) began in early 2014. Under the careful and experienced protocols of the Institute of Primate Research (http://www.primateresearch.org/), FKF, along with KFS and KWS, and with more generous support from AFEW (African Fund for Endangered Wildlife) has brought this iconic highlands primate sub-species back to Karura Forest from remnant, endangered populations on the fringes of the Aberdares in the region of Kiribati and Wanjohi.

Free at last!

The releasees cannot believe their eyes: look at all the food!!

The isolated animals are gently encouraged to seek food in humane trap cages. The monkeys are first released in a large holding-acclimatisation cage in a hidden location in the heart of Karura, as you can see in the video. Colobus can now be spotted them in the forest canopy as you walk through the indigenous parts of the forest. Look for the conspicuous bushy white tale. And see more images on the FKF Facebook page by clicking here.

 

Sep 29

Tara Path Now On-Leash for Dogs

Dog Walkers in northern part of the main forest Please Take Note. Tara Path together with the new picnic site along the Ruaka River near the Tree Outlook Platform is now an On-Leash zone.

Dogs on LeashThe whole of Wangari Maathai Track and Muhugu Trail remains off-leash, for the time being (see map). That still gives you and your dog over 8 km of trail on which to exercise. Note that the area to the south (left as you are walking from Sharks Gate) of Wangari Maathai Track is strictly a no-go wildlife zone down to the Karura River.

There have been more incidents of dogs bothering visitors and killing wildlife — recently a Suni was torn to pieces by two ridgebacks whose owner was obviously unable to control them and seemed indifferent to what was happening. 

 

WALKING YOUR DOG IN A OFF-LEASH AREA IS NOT A LICENCE TO HUNT OR HASSLE VISITORS OR ATTACK OTHER DOGS. DOGS MUST BE UNDER CONTROL AT ALL TIMES, EVEN IN OFF-LEASH AREAS. OFFENDERS SHALL BE SUMMARILY BANNED FROM THE FOREST.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Sep 05

Ticketing & Entry Control System — Delays, but Coming Soon

The new ticketing and entry control system (TECS) is taking longer than we had hope to be implements for Karura’s special needs. The developers assure us that it should  be up and running by 19 September. Please be patient and bear with us, and with the Gate Clerks as they become familiar with the system.
Please make sure you sign-in at the gates and get a receipt for entry fees and maps. Keep the receipt with you.
Annual Pass holders: As you sign the entry book, please pause an extra few seconds to get an electronic ticket. That will help the Friends of Karura keep accurate statistics of forest usage.
Security and maintenance in the forest depends on revenue from events and gate-takings.
Your gate fees help maintain the security fence and pay the Karura Scouts.
Please retain and be prepared to show your receipts to FKF Scouts or KFS Rangers on patrol.
And make sure that your receipt matches your category of entry.
Many thanks!

Jun 23

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2015

TripAdvisor2015

One again visitors have given Karura top marks as the 3rd best attraction (out of 91) in Nairobi.

 

Jan 31

Dogs in Sigiria – Off-leash area re-opened

Dogs back off-leashAt the last KFK-KFS Joint Management Meeting it was decided to allow dogs to be off-leash in one specific area of Sigiria on a trial basis.

The area is the vlei (grassland) between Junctions 61 and 63a. All other parts of Sigiria, including the paths leading to and from the vlei are strictly on-leash. Check out the maps page.

Please make certain that your dogs are under control even if off-leash in the vlei as they interact with other dogs and people. We would like to ask you to adopt the neckerchief colour-coded system (see Dog Guidelines). We hope to have neckerchiefs for sale at a modest cost at the gates soon.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Apr 25

Useful Karura Contact Numbers

Kenya Forest Service
John Orwa, Chief Forester …… 0727 818963
Corporal Kuloba ..…….……. 0721 409662

Friends of Karura Forest
John Chege, Chief Scout ………………… 0724 215423
Peter Njui, G4S ……………………………. 0722 846264
Karanja Njoroge, Chair ………………..…. 0729 030301
Cristina Boelcke-Croze, Vice-Chair …… 0702 633613

Please make a note of these numbers and carry your mobile with you. Keep to the marked trails and exercise caution particularly when they are wet and slippery. Note that mobile reception is virtually non-existent along the Karura River between the Mau-Mau Caves and  the Waterfall.