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Yvonne de Jong and Thomas Butynski are National Geographic grantees working to track down what may be Africa’s least understood large animal, the desert warthog
Yvonne de Jong and Thomas Butynski are National Geographic grantees working to track down what may be Africa’s least understood large animal, the Desert Warthog.
During a survey of warthogs in northern Kenya, National Geographic grantees Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski encounter olive baboons in the very dry region east of Lake Turkana.
The population size and geographical range of the cheetah have declined dramatically during the past 50 years . During a survey of warthogs in Northern Kenya, National Geographic grantees, Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski, came eye to eye with this large charismatic cat in the Chalbi Desert, 65 km north of their known current range.
The Somali lesser galago is Kenya’s least known primate. Since 2003, Tom Butynski and Yvonne de Jong have been gathering information on the natural history of this galago. During their warthog surveys in northern Kenya a new population of Somali lesser galagos was discovered at an oasis in the Chalbi Desert.
Kenya’s common warthog, thought to only be active during the day, appears to have ‘swapped’ its strictly diurnal lifestyle for a nocturnal one. In the desert environment of central northern Kenya, food is scarce and there is no drinking water for several months at a time.