Vue générale sur le Mathews Range et la forêt d’altitude, Kenya, 7 juin 2010. Photo : Timothy Boucher
Pictures by Timothy Boucher Senior Conservation Geographer (Washington DC, USA)
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The Matthews (or Mathews) Range (1°15’N/37°15’E)
The Mathews (or Matthews) Range (1°15’N/37°15’E), also known as the Lenkiyio Hills, is a range of mountains about 150 km long, oriented north-south, in the Laikipia district of the Rift Valley Province in northern Kenya. The town of Wamba is located at the southeastern edge of the range. The highest point is Warges, at 2688 m asl, at the southern end of the range, separated by a valley from the rest of the range. The 2375 m high Ol Doinyo Lenkiyo mountain is the highest peak of the middle of the range.
Le Mathew Range au centre de la photo
The area is isolated, and holds forests of juniper and cycads. It is home to Rhinoceros, elephants and other large mammals, as well as some Samburu people. Part of the mountain range has been designated a wildlife sanctuary (Wikipedia).
Danse de moranes Samburu. Mathews Range, Kenya, 4 juin 2010. Photo : Timothy Boucher
Jeune femme Samburu. Mathews Range, Kenya, 4 juin 2010. Photo : Timothy Boucher
Timothy Boucher. Mathews Range, Kenya, 7 juin 2010.
Timothy Boucher is a Conservation Geographer, working for the Nature Conservancy and is based in Washington DC. He primarily does spatial analysis type of work, but also cover a myriad of other topics – including poverty, biodiversity assessments, global analyses, regional and site land cover remote sensing analyses, etc. He has been a (as he said : « fanatic » ?) birder since for about 28 years now, but have also participated in many ornithological expeditions and has been trained in scientific methodologies relating to birds : specimen preparation, banding (ringing), transect, etc.
Expédition de juin 2010 dans le Mathews Range : emplacements des camps
The 2010 Mathews Expedition was a full rapid ecological assessment including a full suite of researchers, and also worked with elders and conservationists in the area. Involved institutions were the Nature Conservancy and the Northern Rangelands Trust. The researchers came from all over – including private and Kenyan Museum people.
Retour au Camp n°2 (Mugur Kichich, 1400 m). Mathews Range, Kenya, 7 juin 2010. Photo : Timothy Boucher
Coucher de soleil sur le Mathews Mountains. 7 juin 2010. Photo : Timothy Boucher