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Darcy Ogada

of The Peregrine Fund

Darcy has worked for The Peregrine Fund’s Africa Program since 2010 and is based in central Kenya. Most of her current work focuses on the ecology and conservation of vultures and owls. She is particularly passionate about ending the scourge of wildlife poisoning.

Prior to joining The Peregrine Fund she undertook a post-doctoral fellowship with the Smithsonian Institution that was based at Mpala Research Centre, Kenya. She has studied the spectacular Mackinder’s Eagle Owl in central Kenya and conducted other research on birds and rodents.

She volunteered for the Peace Corps in Niger in 1995 and got her start studying wildlife as a Bald Eagle Nestwatcher for New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation. She came to Kenya in 2000 where she has lived ever since.

Before moving to Kenya she was an avid skier and ice hockey player, now she spends her free time swimming, birding, and hiking and exploring Africa’s mountains with her young son.

Visit www.peregrinefund.org to find out more about The Peregrine Fund’s work to conserve birds of prey worldwide. Or contact tpf@peregrinefund.org to donate to their work in Africa or elsewhere around the world.

Poisons and Poaching: A Deadly Mix Requiring Urgent Action

Elephant and rhino poachers are increasingly turning to poisons with devastating consequences. If the tide is not stemmed soon, many species will be utterly destroyed by the demand for their parts in East Asia.

Africa’s Silent Spring Is Upon Us

Can Africa’s ecosystems survive the toxic effects of wildlife poisoning?

1,500 Poisoned Vultures Since May, Vultures Now Targeted for Their Heads

This year has seen a dramatic increase in vulture poisonings particularly in southern Africa. At current levels many species of African vulture will become extinct within our lifetimes.

Beautiful Nature Photography from Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Kenya

A stunning look at Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s wildlife-rich plains.

Mass Poisonings Devastate African Wildlife, Incite “Urgent Measures”

The recent mass poisoning of vultures has prompted the Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism to propose urgent legislation that would ban over-the-counter sales of poisons and pesticides. (Read more: Elephant Poachers Poison Hundreds of Vultures to Evade Authorities) Further investigations have revealed that over 1,000 vultures may have perished in this single incident.  While this…

Elephant Poachers Poison Hundreds of Vultures to Evade Authorities

Poachers lace the discarded elephant carcass with cheap poisons to kill vultures in mass. Why? Because vultures circling in the sky alert wildlife authorities to the location of poachers’ activities.

On the Slow Train to Find Vultures in Northern Kenya

My 1985 Toyota Landcruiser can’t swim. So when the mud-coloured lake that was once a road started pouring through my doors I knew it was time to get the heck outta there.

How to Hold a Vulture While in the Grip of a Jackal

Catching a vulture while being bit by a jackal in Laikipia, Kenya

What Do You Need to Trap a Vulture?

There are two things I need while trapping vultures, good company and chocolate. Fortunately, I managed the first one, but unfortunately for my trapping partner I overlooked the second. The media’s portrayal of the work of wildlife biologists is unapologetically deceptive. The exciting moments of the capture and handling of a live, often furry, creature…