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Cottages under construction .
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One of the cottages under construction.

We have 32 cottages under construction. The cottages are estimated to be ready for use by early next year. The state of art cottages will comprise of a restaurant, conference hall, a swimming pool, gym, salon and play field.

Snake parks under construction.
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Construction of snake parks is currently underway and is expected to be finished by end of August 2011. This is one of the projects that are going on.

Bibilical mountains

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Mountain of curses.

Bibilical mountains have been completed and all the montains in the Bible are represented. Islamic mountains are under construction and will be completed by the end of September 2011.

Sitatunga antelope

Kitale Nature Conservancy has been in the forefront in ensuring and educating people the importance of biodiversity conservation. Our approach has been by use of educational models to facilitate better understanding of the whole concept. We have a wet land model explaining what a wetland is, and how wetlands are destroyed by human pressure and the consequences of destroying wetlands.
The climate change and Ozone layer depletion model has been a favorite hot spot for students and nature lovers, In these model people learn causes of climate change/global warming and ozone layer depletion ,effects to the environment and the general measures to cub these grave problems.

Inside the park we have a protected wetland which is over 5 acres purposely secured for the sitatunga antelope and generally for the protection of the wetland biodiversity (flora and Fauna). Our nature trail passes through these wetland, and by use of raised dykes we have made it possible for the visitors to access the wetland even during wet season, also the raised trail gives the visitors a spectacular view of the inside of the wetland ,hence enabling them to easily spot these shy antelopes .

WHAT IS SITATUNGA ANTELOPE (TRAGELAPHUS SPEKEI)

It is a large antelope with truly amphibious habits. Height at shoulder is 45 in. Weight 100-120lb.Hind quarters are higher than the fore quarters, giving the animal a peculiar hunched appearance. Coat very shaggy and fairly long. General colour from chocolate to drab grey brown, with white markings, sometimes with faint stripes. Head with an incomplete white chevron between the eyes, and some white spots on the cheek. Neck with two white patches, one under the throat, the other on the lower parts. Long pointed, pointed hooves, widely separated at tips. Tail not very bushy, merely tufted at the tip. Horns long [25-36].
Female smaller, without horns, brown or bright chestnut, more conspicuously striped.
Intraspecific variation: Sitatunga shows a fairly wide variation. In the western form [gratus], males are deep chocolate brown with numerous white or whitish spots and stripes; females reddish brown. In the typical form, Spekes’Sitanga [spekei] males are grayish brown, with a faint striping; females bright chestnut. In the southern form[selous’ Sitatunga,selousi]’males are nearly uniform drab grey brown, females of the same color with a lesser extent of white on the throat, sometimes reddish or even yellowish.

Similar species: Differs from the bushbuck by its larger size and longer, more twisted horns.
Habitat: Strictly confined to swampy areas, mainly papyrus and reed swamps; also flooded forests.
Habits: Sitatunga [formerly called marsh buck] are true aquatic antelopes.Their long hooves are highly adapted to support the animals on the soft, boggy soil and marsh vegetation without sinking deeply into the ground; the flexibility of the ankle-joints and the naked horny skin at the back of the pasterns enables the hooves to be splayed out so that the animal’s weight is supported on an expanded surface.Sitatunga slink through reed beds with great agility and swim very well. When surprised, they immerse themselves in the water and submerge entirely, with only the tip of the snout protruding above the surface. They often spend the heat of the day in the water. On dry land, their long hooves make them run a little clumsily.
Nocturnal but also diurnal where quite undisturbed, normally shy and difficult to see, they live singly or in pairs, but sometimes aggregate in herds numbering up to 15 heads. They come at dusk to browse on leaves, twigs and fruits of semi aquatic vegetation, sometimes tender grass. They utter a bark and a harsh snort when alarmed, and communicate by a bleating call.

 

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Cottages and snake parks under contruction.


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Kitale Nature Conservancy is located within Kitale Municipality, on the Kitale-Lodwar road on the Western part of Kenya and is situated

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