Primate Discoveries in Northwest Kenya

Moonrise over doum palms Hyphaene thebaica at one of the few oases in the Chalbi Desert, north Kenya. (Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski)

In our last blog post (Discoveries From Two Years With Kenya’s Warthogs) we provided an overview of the major findings of our Quest for Kenya’s Desert Warthog. Of course, we collected a considerable amount of information on other species as well.

Here we present some of our findings about the primates of northwest Kenya.

Of the 25 genera and 93 species of primate in Africa, 12 genera, 19 species, and 25 subspecies occur in Kenya. Northwest Kenya is an under-explored region. As the primates of northwest Kenya have not been studied, we assessed which kinds are present, as well as their distributions, abundance, threats, and conservation status.

Moonrise over doum palms (Hyphaene thebaica) at one of the few oases in the Chalbi Desert, north Kenya. (Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski)


Mau Forest Guereza Ranging Wider and Higher

A population of Mau Forest guereza (Colobus guereza matschiei) was found in the central Cherangani Hills. This extends the geographical range of this subspecies 50 km to the northeast (from Mt. Elgon). It is likely that the range of Mau Forest guereza extents to the north end —> Read More Here

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