Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Butiama Bed & Breakfast

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Butiama's Wildlife

There is a variety of wildlife around Butiama. Some are resident, others are not.
I have not been able to identify this bird which appears for several days every year and comes back to the same tree outside my bedroom window every year. I suspect it is a migrating bird from Europe heading somewhere to breed.

Butiama has a large colony of monkeys that resides in the Muhunda ancestral forest. During the day they spend time wandering and foraging for food. If one leaves a door open, they can even venture inside a
house. A keen observer will notice that this one is a female, identified by the bulge on the chest.

The rock hyrax has short legs and a proportionally large body, but is extremely fast on those tiny feet and jumps with ease from one rock formation to the next.

The genetic composition of this animal is closely associated with an elephant’s.

Once when a man collapsed after suffering from a stroke it was a group of hyrax that raised the alarm. Their persistent cries drew the curiosity of another person who approached and discovered the man who was later taken to hospital and survived.

And then there are snakes….Unfortunately, I always forget to take photographs of the few snakes I come across.

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