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Kenya Reptile Atlas

Posted in Bio-Ken News on Monday, 04 August 2014.

Steve Spawls and NMK announce atlas launch

Kenya Reptile Atlas

Steve Spawls and a team from the NMK have announced that their Kenya Reptile Atlas is available for download.  They were sponsored by the Rufford Foundation and received support from the National Museums of Kenya.  The atlas is available to download at www.kenyareptileatlas.com.  It is free for all, please spread the word!

Bio-Ken's International Snakebite Seminar - 2014

Posted in Snakebite Seminar, Bio-Ken News, Snake-bite on Saturday, 31 May 2014.

24th and 25th October 2014

Bio-Ken's International Snakebite Seminar - 2014

The Ninth International Snakebite Snakebite Seminar dates are now set. The seminar, hosted by Bio-Ken and JAAT, will take place on the 24th and 25th October 2014 at Turtle Bay Beach Club, Watamu - Kenya.

The two day seminar will focus on the Natural History of reptiles, and more specifically venomous snakes as well as the correct management of snakebite.

Black Mamba bite survivor

Posted in Bio-Ken News, Snake-bite on Tuesday, 12 November 2013.

Thirteen year old boy makes speedy recovery after receivng anti-venom

Black Mamba bite survivor

A thirteen year old boy, Benjamin Menza, who was bitten by a Black Mamba at Jimba near Watamu on Sunday morning is now recovering well, and has left hospital.

He was bitten around 9am, and arrived at the snake farm at 10.30am in a very bad way, Sanda rushed him to Watamu Nursing Home, arriving by 10.45am, along with a number of vials of SAIMR Poly-V antivenom, where she met Royjan and Clare Taylor of Bio-Ken and Dr. Eugine Erulu.

Record for World's Largest Cobra

Posted in Bio-Ken News on Tuesday, 29 October 2013.

Large Brown Spitting Cobra entered into the Guinness Book of World Records

Record for World's Largest Cobra

The 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records includes the Large Brown Spitting Cobra Naja ashei as the largest Spitting Cobra in the world.

The snake is named after the late James Ashe, founder of Bio-Ken, who recognised this snake to be extraordinary, and whose efforts led to the discovery of the snake as a new species.

Prof. David Warrell snake-bite interviews

Posted in Snakebite Seminar, Snake-bite on Tuesday, 13 August 2013.

Prof. Warrell answers questions from David Williams on the problem of snakebite in the rural tropics and Sub Saharan Africa

Prof. David Warrell snake-bite interviews

David Williams of the Global Snakebite Initiative interviews Professor Warrell of Oxford University about a range of snakabite issues.

The first interview, filmed in November 2010 is on the problem of Snakebite in the rural tropics.
David Williams asks David Warrell to explain why snakebite is such a problem in the rural tropics and what the global community needs to do to improve the treatment and to prevent deaths and disabilities caused by snakebite.

Python Relocation Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

Posted in Saving Snakes on Saturday, 10 August 2013.

Video of the Bio-Ken team saving a python and relocating it deep in the forest.

Python Relocation Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

This Coast Python was found close to a forestry station in April 2013, and would likely have been killed had the KWS not alerted Bio-Ken. Thankfully we were called to the scene, where we captured the python, and relocated it in a remote part of the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest.

Pressure Bandage use on Snake Bite

Posted in Snake-bite on Sunday, 19 May 2013.

Why the use of Pressure Bandages is NOT recommended in East Africa snakebite first aid

Pressure Bandage use on Snake Bite

We are occasionally asked for our opinion regarding the use of pressure bandaging in snakebite first aid. Our current position at Bio-Ken on its use is described below.

Many publications on snake bite treatment continue to advocate the use of pressure bandaging. This was first found to be useful in Australia where all the venomous snakes cause neurotoxic symptoms (which cause paralysis).

Even so, it was found that most people did not have sufficient stretchy bandage available within the first few minutes after a bite (it is useless if applied later as the venom spreads rapidly), and seldom knew how to apply it at the correct tension. As a result precious time was wasted which would have been better used in getting the patient to a medical facility.

Monitor Lizard Catch and Release

Posted in Saving Snakes on Saturday, 16 March 2013.

Savanna Monitor relocated to Galana River

Monitor Lizard Catch and Release

Bio-Ken offer a free 'remove-a-snake' service for people in Watamu and the surrounding area, which of course does extend to all manner of reptiles (including crocodiles!).

We recently received a call from Ute Goodwin, a Malindi resident, informing us that she had a Monitor Lizard in her house, and asking if we were able to remove it.

Snake Safari Review

Posted in Snake Safari on Sunday, 10 March 2013.

12 Day Snake Safari With Kenya Snake Safaris

Snake Safari Review

Below is a write up from guests who recently experienced a 12 day snake safari. They were a great couple and we all had a really good time together. Thanks to Leslie Polizoti and Craig Ransom for the following review:

'My boyfriend and I just returned from a 12-day “snake” safari with Kenya Snake Safaris run by Royjan and Clare Taylor. Although we are both keenly interested in snakes, we also wanted to see other Kenyan wildlife, including birds, as well. Royjan and Clare planned the perfect trip for us, which took us from Nairobi National Park to the Naibosho Conservancy (a private, unfenced conservancy adjacent to the famous Maasai Mara game reserve) to Lake Elementeita (in the Rift Valley) to the coast of Kenya, including Tsavo East and the Arabuko-Sokoke Forest. We saw everything we hoped we might see, and much more...

Bio-Ken on CNN

Posted in Snake Safari on Wednesday, 13 February 2013.

Snake Safaris feature in CNN Travel article about Kenya

Bio-Ken on CNN

CNN Travel have published an article titled '10 things you probably didn't know you can do in Kenya' written by their correspondant, Phillippa Stewart.

Alongisde such iconic Kenyan adventures and activities such as the Rhino Charge, Classic Safari Rallying, fostering elephants, breakfasting with giraffes, and indulging in a Carnivove feast; are Royjan Taylor's Kenya Snake Safaris.

Snakebite Seminar Presentations

Posted in Snakebite Seminar, Snake-bite on Thursday, 22 November 2012.

View a selection of slide presentations from the 2012 Snakebite Seminar

Snakebite Seminar Presentations

All currently available presentations from the recent 8th Bio-Ken Snakebite Seminar can be found on our Slideshare account.

Further content and discussion generated from the seminar will be uploaded over the coming weeks, so please look out for updates on our blog and social media accounts.