Have You Heard of a Hyrax? Or Heard a Hyrax?


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Most visitors to Kenya are thrilled with seeing the Big Five: Lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, and rhino. My daughter Hope loves warthogs, mainly because they’re so funny kneeling to eat. I myself love hyraxes.

A hyrax is a small (think rabbit or guinea pig), furry mammal. They live in colonies in Africa and Mediterranean countries. […]

Poaching Elephants


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Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki set ablaze (for photos, click here) an illegal ivory stockpile on July 20, 2011, at the Tsavo National Park. Three hundred thirty-five tusks and 42,553 pieces of ivory were burned.

Kenya hosted the event, held over two decades after the government, led by director of the Kenya Wildlife Service Richard Leakey, […]

Philosophy 101 in a Chinese Fortune Cookie


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A review by Rachel Newcomb of Martin Meredith’s Born in Africa: The Quest for the Origins of Human Life appears in the July 14th Washington Post. The review well presents the contentious nature of many paleoanthropologists who spend their lives digging for fossil treasures in the baked dusty soil of Africa and the book sounds […]

From wasrag, the Water & Sanitation Rotarian Action Group


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UN Announces Major Push to Meet Sanitation MDG

(Note: MDG stands for Millennium Development Goals)

Thanks to the efforts of dedicated people around the world, the MDG on water is reasonably on target. Unfortunately sanitation is not doing so well, with some 2.6 billion people still lacking even basic sanitation facilities. The UN has redoubled […]

Oops! It’s 100 Latrines! And Over a Million Wildebeest!


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Steve King and I were talking this morning and he mentioned that the number of latrines is really 100, not 20 as I wrote in the last post. So here are the correct numbers: Three drilled wells capable of delivering 10,000 gallons of water per day and 100 latrines.

On July 4th Jackson wrote me, […]