Mr. Anam Echakari, the operations manager at Elsamere Conservation Center in Naivasha, during the interview. The owl (photo) underwent surgery to repair a broken wing. [Harun Wathari, Standard]
Striking sounds of a lone African bald eagle accentuate a sunny afternoon at the Elsamere Conservation Center in Naivasha.
Other birds of the same species, on a tree 100 meters from the cage on the banks of Lake Naivasha, respond unanimously with the chirping. This might be to ensure one of their own support.
The bird, locally known as Baringo, is one of the five species that are cared for various injuries in the center.
The bird is restless. It recovers after an operation. Baringo was brought in with a broken wing. It has been central in the past five months.
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It was brought in from the Baringo Lake, where it was injured after being caught in a fisherman's net. It was injured while trying to untangle itself.
"Baringo has been brought here by members of the community, we have surgery and the wing repaired.Once completely healed, the bird will be liberated to reconnect with others in their living environment in Lake Baringo," said Antony Karinge, an conservationist in the center.
African Fish Eagles are mainly found in lakes in the Rift Valley. They are known for their lively calls. While you are at the conservatory, Baringo will only calm down when you enjoy his favorite fish meal.
Next to Baringo's cage is Jonah, a wounded Augur Buzzard. Like Baringo, Johnah is also a bird of prey and he also provides a broken wing. Birds of prey are the ones that feed on meat from animals, distinguished by an addicted beak and sharp claws.
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While some are being attacked by humans, most birds in the middle picked their injuries while hunting.
Unlike Baringo, Jonah does not move much except for the constant impact of one wing.
"Jonah's wing was broken, it was brought here by the residents, it will probably stay longer, we want to make sure that the wing is fully healed before we release it, otherwise the safety in the wild will be affected", says Karinge.
"It's a procedure just like any other, we also increase food portions because the birds need more energy, and just like human beings and other animals, the birds also heal according to the extent of the injury," he said.
Experts begin by analyzing the extent of the injury and the health of the bird. They then plan an operation and the treatment follows. The bird gets the time to heal before being released into the wild again.
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Anam Echakari, the operations manager at conservation, said that most vertebrate vertebrates are birds of prey. The common injuries are broken wings, legs and injured eyes. A few suffer from poisoning.
The center also has three types of owls, all of which take care of various injuries. Six owls feed broken wings while someone has a wounded eye.
"The owls are faced with the most threats caused by suspicions by most communities, yet they are very important for the ecosystem, for example in Uganda, useful to farmers who kill rats, but some communities believe they are out of luck. is only a myth, "said Mr Echakari.
Karinge said that the birds are not allowed to multiply in the middle.
"In order to set up such a reception center, there are procedures that need to be followed, including obtaining permission from the Kenya Wildlife Service, which provides a specification on how to make the cages and makes follow-ups on the welfare of the cages. birds, "he said.
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He added: "We also have to inform KWS about developments within the center, and the population of birds in the reserve is also controlled to prevent crowding and other challenges for the population."
The birds are fed three times a day, on prey they feed normally. Owls and Augur Buzzard are fed on day-old chicks and the African fish eagle.
"Sometimes it is a challenge to get food for the birds, but we maintain contact with local hatcheries for supplies, but we also buy fish, but we are planning to have our own hatchery and fish pond for constant supply," Echakari said.
He said that they also attended cases of poisoning. The most poisoned birds are the vultures.
"Human-wildlife conflicts are high, especially in Maasai Mara where vultures have died in retaliatory attacks by farmers," Echakari said.
Conservationists at Kenya Birds of Prey Trust said that vultures were unintentional victims in the tension between cattle farmers and predators such as lions, hyena & leopards.
The populations of both African Fish Eagles and Augur Buzzards are stable, according to the International Union for Nature and Conservation (IUNC). Experts say that the population of these species has steadily increased since 1966.
Aside from conservation, the increase in the population of African Fish Eagles has also been attributed to the introduction of a new type of fish, known as the ordinary carburettor.
IUNC is an international organization that focuses on the conservation of nature and the sustainable use of natural resources.
Bird Protection & Elsamere Conservation Center Naivasha