Nairobi National Park is one of the world’s most accessible parks, but it is also one of the most endangered. Three photographers, who spend much of their free time in the park, talk about its attraction for them, and why protecting the park from myriad threats is so important.
The park’s future is at stake right now. There is the immediate threat of the Standard Gauge Railway. Building [the extension to Kisumu] will probably destroy a lot of the habitat. Then there is the shut-down of corridors. Some of the park is not fenced, allowing animals to move freely all the way to Amboseli. Slowly, all of these corridors are being shut down by development.It is special because it has unbelievable wildlife. Nairobi is the only capital city in the world with such a wildlife park. It’s a breeding ground for endangered rhino, a breeding ground for endangered vultures. It has lion, leopard, so many cats, and more than 400 bird species. It’s a very unique park.
The park is a really therapeutic and meditative spot. Over the years it has become a happy place where I can disappear at a moment’s notice and almost instantly feel nature’s energy flow through me, recharging and revitalising me. I can spend hours there just on my own with my camera, observing each animal’s unique behavior and learning from nature. It is quite frankly an incredibly beautiful oasis stuck smack bang in the middle of a crazy hectic city.
This park is a treasure. We have all these animals within our vicinity, and then are people who don’t have them. Animals really need their space. At the moment, we’re moving closer, and messing up their space. Animal numbers are growing, while the park size is reducing.For me, it’s special because it has the big animals. It’s a premium park. There are parks you’ll go to, and never see a lion. We have to find a way of keeping this. It’s unique. The capital city’s in the background. It’s magical.
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