The Fall 2015 TBI Origins Field School students have been learning the field ecology of African savanna at the Mpala Ranch located on the Laikipia plateau north of Mt Kenya. We have had amazing field excursions so far, visiting the lions, the hippo pool and the Mukenya Mountains. Our first few days of classes were mostly about savanna vegetation and its relationship with both wildlife and livestock.
We had a productive day with Mr. Kimani Ndung’u out in the field learning how to identify common plant species of the African savanna and how to measure ecological parameters such as species density, abundance, biomass estimates, etc. Kimani is specialized in plant ecology and has been working at Mpala for several years.
Despite plenty of leaning, sunshine and dust, our young field school ecologists have been doing very well in the field trips, enjoying the views of the African savanna, the animals and wonderful field experience with the instructors.