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A beeline through Kakamega Forest

KEN_0452I once knew a monkey named Kakamega. She was larger than most of her sisters, and had a distinctive black spot near her eye that made her easy to identify. More importantly, she had attitude.

This was seven years ago when I spent a year studying gelada monkeys in the highlands of Ethiopia Continue reading

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Swining and Dining: a lesson in keeping it local

DSC_9058Honey can be shipped anywhere in the world with relative ease. Sometimes hives are trucked vast distances simply to pollinate crops. Kenya, in contrast, is a place where local food rules. Here you’re not bumping into apples and potatoes that have been kept in cold storage for a year (but you might be in the US and Europe). Fields of corn, rice, tea, bananas, potatoes, and kale regularly flash across our windows as we move from site to site. At Arrive, the school and orphanage we spent two days collecting bee samples out of, much of the food comes from Continue reading

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