Today at the invitation of the Kenya Wildlife Service I gave a presentation on conditioned taste aversion (CTA) to the KWS top level scientists including the KWS Director, Julius Kipng’etich and many senior scientists that serve as department directors. I was very impressed with the discussions we had and the overall interest in testing CTA as a method for predator/livestock mitigation. There are a lot of really switched on scientists working at KWS and the attitude to pursue knowledge and try a new method was brilliant to see. Tomorrow I head to Tsavo National Park to examine a potential research project to apply CTA to lions.
Following the CTA research work I will then head to the Masai Mara to stay up to speed on the Conservancy areas that I am a big believer in for supreme quality safaris, as well as supporting the conservation impact they are making by providing economic upliftment to local people and creating additional wildlife areas at the same time. In particular I will spend time at Serian and Ngare Serian Camps in the Mara North Conservancy and then I will be amongst the first to explore the newly formed Naboisho Conservancy area.