Mara in Kilome

I’m not pulling your leg or making up as what follows is factual to the end of this article!
Maasai Mara is world famous for its migration of animals annually (which you all know).
What most people don’t know is WHY the annual migration? and the answer to that is found in the Maasai name ‘mara‘ that loosely means dotted plains – so what?
A plain here refers to a ‘LaRGe’ grasslands with few trees here and there and that’s where the magic begins as species (even man) tends to procreate whenever theirs abundance of food for ‘young’ therefore making ‘maras’ special zones as mass breeding grounds for grass feeding animals, that in turn attracts other species during that season.
This cannot go on forever (its seasonal) as the grass and those being bred tends to make predatory easy, thus activity tends to be intensive making it an interesting spectre.
These grasslands have 3 basic habitats in all Mara’s I’ve seen – grasslands with scattered bushes, marsh area’s & bush n grass all working together to support the species that use them temporary or full time.


Here’s ‘mara’ in Kilome otherwise famously known as Konza plains.
Breeding meaning mating, producing offspring, training or bringing up is temporary in all life systems after which the breed occupy other space, what remains permanent is breeding sites eg man will build a home to breed a family but spent days all over. Likewise animals have specific sites with ideal conditions for breeding we are referring to here as Mara’s, which they occupy for those short periods then move on.
Some species I’ve seen in Mara Kilome and visible daily are grants gazelle, kongoni(Harte beest), zebra, Wilde Beest(gnu), spotted hyena, serval cat, ostriches and the critically endangered grey crown Crane (Google redlist )


Above we can see ostriches in the grasslands near hill opposite Konza Technopolis.
As breeding grounds are part of a larger system that species use it then begs what system does Konza serve?
Maasai Mara serves Serengeti and ngorongoro the rest of year hence it’s destruction may affect those two far away eco systems/money spinners.
Konza (aka Mara kilome) services the closest corridor servicing (northwards) Nairobi National Park that may house the human wing to protect them and (southwards) Amboseli National park.
What has been planned by those residing to the east and at the northern tip of the corridor?


To the east we have the Kamba community that sees a lot of free open spaces where a city and housing can be put up. To the north Konza will be an information based city with a modern agriculture bufferzone. Just curious if the Parks in both the north and south are Premium Parks and consequences to communities to the west, north & south were we to loose them (food for thought).
Did someone say African countries all have Wildllife but the world visits Nairobi NP because it’s the only one bordering a metropolitan city in the world? Could Konza have been the 2nd in the world?
Which is cheaper to put up & maintain – modern agriculture/buildings or taking Tourism from animals that freely choose an area? Again makueni county/ information based city are making information based decisions.

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