Colobus Monkeys Back In Karura

Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza kikuyuensis) are being re-introduced to the forest. 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 been working hard to bring this iconic highlands primate back to Karura Forest. Remnant, endangered populations on the fringes of the Aberdares have been identified. The first of the target groups has been gently encouraged to seek food in humane trap cages. The first capture was successful and already fifteen individuals been released from holding-acclimatisation cage in a hidden location in the heart of Karura. Welcome to these special IDPs (internally displaced primates). See if you can spot them in the canopy as you walk through the indigenous parts of the forest. And see more images on the FKF Facebook page by clicking here.

Colobus Mum

One of the two adult females in the first little family to be released in Karura. Note the white-coated infant on her chest. The team has named the mother Chantal.

Useful Karura Contact Numbers

Kenya Forest Service
Inspector Ezra ………….……… 0724 145314
Sgt. Catherine ……..…….……. 0725 370990
Corp. Adano …………………… 0720 300249
John Orwa, Chief Forester …… 0727 818963  

Friends of Karura Forest
John Chege, Chief Scout ……. 0724 215423
Peter Njui, G4S ……….………. 0722 846264
Karanja Njoroge, Chair ………. 0729 030301
Cristina Croze, Vice-Chair …… 0722 204861

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.

Bikers: Head North!

The ca. 12 km northern bike trail is proving very popular to bikers and hikers alike. And, you can now get to it from KFEET as well as from the newly-opened Shark’s Gate (Gate C on the map). Follow the red arrows past junction 12a over the new foot-cum-bike bridge (built with timber from the reforestation project). We shall be re-doing the official Karura Forest map in due course, but meanwhile download this version to help you on your way…

Bike Track

New Bridges

FKF has used your gate fees and donor money to construct two new bridges for better access to the forest.

New Gitathuru bridge

One (shown right), over the Gitathuru River off Limuru Road to enter the Sigiria Salient through Gate E at Junction 54, required major works involving six large culverts and serious cement and stone works to withstand rainy season floods.

New Karura River bridge

New Karura River bridge under construction; now completed and open

 

 

 

 

The other (left), over the Karura River in the main forest between Junctions 12a and 33, opens a new access path to the northern part of the forest. Now bikers can join up with the 12 km circuit that begins at Sharks Gate (Gate C). Dog walkers note that the north is currently a dogs-off-leash area. This new wooden bridge, built with timber milled from the Eucalyptus clearing near KFEET Centre, was designed and executed by talented FKF Fundi, Simon Muga.

Sharks Gate Now Open

Sharks Gate Open

Sharks Gate Open

‘Sharks Gate’ officially opened Saturday, 25 Jan! Rental bikes were going like hotcakes from the KFEET Centre. We need more to rent. Do any Friends have any old trail bikes lying around the house that could be donated to Karura? 

At Sharks Gate

At ‘Sharks Gate’, looking towards guardhouse, gate and toilet.

Sharks_IMG_4975_sm

Clearing, cleaning and levelling

Click for bike trail map.

In clearing the parking area we found much the area had been an old forest guard house — only the foundation remains — and a rubbish dump.

But intense clearing and levelling using casuals from the neighbouring community has readied the site.

On an experimental basis on weekends only Sharks Gate will be a point of payment and entry for all, particularly trail bikers and dog-walkers.

The whole of the northern sector of Karura has been designated for the time being a dogs-off-leash area.

Looking up Wangari Maathai Track from junction 40a

Looking up Wangari Maathai Track from junction 40a

And, there is a new 1ca. 12km bike trail. Follow the (temporary as yet) black arrows.  You can find a map on this website here.

Forest Improvement

Upper TuracoMore than 1,000 exotic Eucalyptus have been cleared from the little swamp along the upper Turaco Creek opposite KEFEET (you can just see the Centre on the right of the image above). The challenge is now do keep the old Eucalyptus from coppicing. We are trying to kill the stumps physically: a huge, labour-intensive chore. Anyone have any better idea?  Already more than 2,000 young indigenous trees have been planted thanks to donations from corporate and individual sponsors.

May 31

Colobus Monkeys Back In Karura

Colobus Monkeys (Colobus guereza kikuyuensis) are being re-introduced to the forest. 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 been working hard to bring this iconic highlands primate back to Karura Forest. Remnant, endangered populations on the fringes of the Aberdares have been identified. The first of the target groups has been gently encouraged to seek food in humane trap cages. The first capture was successful and already fifteen individuals been released from holding-acclimatisation cage in a hidden location in the heart of Karura. Welcome to these special IDPs (internally displaced primates). See if you can spot them in the canopy as you walk through the indigenous parts of the forest. And see more images on the FKF Facebook page by clicking here.

Colobus Mum

One of the two adult females in the first little family to be released in Karura. Note the white-coated infant on her chest. The team has named the mother Chantal.

Apr 25

Useful Karura Contact Numbers

Kenya Forest Service
Inspector Ezra ………….……… 0724 145314
Sgt. Catherine ……..…….……. 0725 370990
Corp. Adano …………………… 0720 300249
John Orwa, Chief Forester …… 0727 818963  

Friends of Karura Forest
John Chege, Chief Scout ……. 0724 215423
Peter Njui, G4S ……….………. 0722 846264
Karanja Njoroge, Chair ………. 0729 030301
Cristina Croze, Vice-Chair …… 0722 204861

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 30

Bikers: Head North!

The ca. 12 km northern bike trail is proving very popular to bikers and hikers alike. And, you can now get to it from KFEET as well as from the newly-opened Shark’s Gate (Gate C on the map). Follow the red arrows past junction 12a over the new foot-cum-bike bridge (built with timber from the reforestation project). We shall be re-doing the official Karura Forest map in due course, but meanwhile download this version to help you on your way…

Bike Track

Mar 17

New Bridges

FKF has used your gate fees and donor money to construct two new bridges for better access to the forest.

New Gitathuru bridge

One (shown right), over the Gitathuru River off Limuru Road to enter the Sigiria Salient through Gate E at Junction 54, required major works involving six large culverts and serious cement and stone works to withstand rainy season floods.

New Karura River bridge

New Karura River bridge under construction; now completed and open

 

 

 

 

The other (left), over the Karura River in the main forest between Junctions 12a and 33, opens a new access path to the northern part of the forest. Now bikers can join up with the 12 km circuit that begins at Sharks Gate (Gate C). Dog walkers note that the north is currently a dogs-off-leash area. This new wooden bridge, built with timber milled from the Eucalyptus clearing near KFEET Centre, was designed and executed by talented FKF Fundi, Simon Muga.

Jan 19

Sharks Gate Now Open

Sharks Gate Open

Sharks Gate Open

‘Sharks Gate’ officially opened Saturday, 25 Jan! Rental bikes were going like hotcakes from the KFEET Centre. We need more to rent. Do any Friends have any old trail bikes lying around the house that could be donated to Karura? 

At Sharks Gate

At ‘Sharks Gate’, looking towards guardhouse, gate and toilet.

Sharks_IMG_4975_sm

Clearing, cleaning and levelling

Click for bike trail map.

In clearing the parking area we found much the area had been an old forest guard house — only the foundation remains — and a rubbish dump.

But intense clearing and levelling using casuals from the neighbouring community has readied the site.

On an experimental basis on weekends only Sharks Gate will be a point of payment and entry for all, particularly trail bikers and dog-walkers.

The whole of the northern sector of Karura has been designated for the time being a dogs-off-leash area.

Looking up Wangari Maathai Track from junction 40a

Looking up Wangari Maathai Track from junction 40a

And, there is a new 1ca. 12km bike trail. Follow the (temporary as yet) black arrows.  You can find a map on this website here.

Sep 06

Forest Improvement

Upper TuracoMore than 1,000 exotic Eucalyptus have been cleared from the little swamp along the upper Turaco Creek opposite KEFEET (you can just see the Centre on the right of the image above). The challenge is now do keep the old Eucalyptus from coppicing. We are trying to kill the stumps physically: a huge, labour-intensive chore. Anyone have any better idea?  Already more than 2,000 young indigenous trees have been planted thanks to donations from corporate and individual sponsors.

Jun 27

Waterweeds invade Lily Lake

Waterweed control

FKF Scouts struggle against the invasive Salvinia molesta

See more on the FKF Facebook page.

Nov 15

Don’t Jeopardise Your Dog’s Fun

A few dog owners are still ignoring the Dog Guidelines and letting their dogs run wild in Dogs-On-Leash areas.

Uncontrolled dogs, especially in groups, endanger forest wildlife (duikers, bushbuck) and in some areas poses a risk to the dogs themselves: if your GSD meets an angry bushpig mother protecting her young, the dog will come off worse. 

There have been numerous complaints from non-dog owning visitors, who have equal rights to enjoy the forest.

Scouts are instructed to insist firmly that visitors keep dogs on-leash except in designated off-leash areas. 

To enforce the rules, we will have no choice but to keep repeat offenders from bringing their dogs into the forest. 

If the guidelines cannot be followed, there is a risk that the Kenya Forest Service will decide to ban dogs altogether. Please, let’s work together to prevent that happening.

Many thanks!