Saturday, January 19, 2013

Microryza and an Opportunity to Help

Dear Hyena Fans,

The hyena project is getting involved in crowd sourcing ourfunding once more, and we’d like to ask for your help! We’ve created a research page with the help of Microryza. By visiting our research page, you not only get to see some hyena clips, you can also help us out!

Money has been tight the last few months, and I’m hoping to get some funds to support my PhD research, and the current research taking place in our lab. I’ve blogged about my research before (e.g. A Sentinel for African Ecosystems and Text Messaging with Hyenas), so feel free to check out those posts for more information.

To help out, please consider donating to our project page at Microryza. If we can’t get up to our goal ($2,500US) in the time frame (2 months remaining), unfortunately we don’t get any of the funds pledged in support. This small amount of money will go a long way in our research, so please consider helping us out!

Thanks a lot! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post comments to the blog or email me at

Hope you’re having a great start to the New Year.


Saturday, January 12, 2013

Short Rains and Collaring

Although the short rains came a bit late this year, they have still made it hard for us to get out of camp and do hyena research. That being said, we made it out 2 mornings ago and were on a quest to find the last hyena in the Mara Triangle destined to receive a GPS collar. Her name is JAVA, and she may be the new queen in one if our clans in the Mara Triangle.

Not sure how it worked out...but we found her and the collar deployment was a success! We weren't expecting to find her because she hasn't been spending too much time away from the den (she has a cub that's 3 months old).

We're very excited to monitor her movement and space use with this super cool technology.

We'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Newborn Zebra

Check out this footage I got of a newborn zebra here in the Mara. It was fun watching it take its first steps (and subsequent spills)!

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