Note: this is a draft. Please let me know if you have comments, pictures, or suggestions.

A long stick made from the rib of the ltungai palm leaf with sharp edge(s), used to scrape loose layers off the inside of a long gourd calabash, especially an old one or one that hasn’t been used for sometime.

Name Change to Samburu Research

The organisation formerly known as Samburu Lowlands Research Centre is now known simply as Samburu Research. This name change took effect on Friday July 12th 2019, when we terminated our agreement with a local lowlands camp site in the interests of a more flexible research model covering a wider geographic area.

Samburu Research retains the same objectives, policies and standards, and will continue its research in the County, protecting and continuing to build its record of ethical operations, shared community benefit from all locally conducted research, and open and accessible publication of its outputs. We will also continue to work with researchers to help develop bespoke research projects and assist you in finding suitable locations to base your party, as well as bringing you together with appropriate local contacts.  We can advise and facilitate all kinds of projects in the County, whether for field groups from universities or other academic organisations, for private individuals with particular areas of interest, or for individual researchers. Please contact us if you require any further information. We look forward to working with you!

Agreement with Remot Primary School, Westgate

The Samburu Lowlands Research Station, Lengusaka, is pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement with Boniface Nakori, headmaster of the Remot Primary School, for his teachers to use the Research Station as a natural history laboratory. The Station spans several distinct habitats, a forested riparian corridor with a colony of vervet monkeys. Part of the Station is fenced with a limited number of animals permitted to graze as a demonstration plot for land restoration. An unfenced portion denuded from overgrazing showing significant erosion, and a natural rock-lined ravine opening to the Lengusaka River that bounds the Research Station on two sides. Students will study the plants, placing labels on those they know, record botanical details, ethnobotanical information, and other cultural uses for the plants. They will study and describe the different ecologies at the Research Station, considering the question of sustainability of intensive grazing. We would like to build a library of science books for students from Primary 1 through High School, and provide basic equipment for students to use including magnifying glasses, rulers, and compound and stereo microscopes. If you have materials to donate to the Research Center or would like to contribute financially to this school project, please contact us via the contact form. Thank you.

Samburu Milk project: latest research visit

Stella-Samburu-2016In the summer of 2016, William Rubel visited the Research Station to continue work with local colleagues on the Samburu Milk project, focusing in particular on the Northern Maa dictionary of milk-related terms, a major research output from the last 5 years of research visits, and a key work-in progress. He was joined by his daughter Stella, a junior researcher-in-training, who provided valuable information gathering, interviewing and documentation support. Also joining the research group was Thor Lehman, a Masters student in the Anthropology department (Masters Anthropology of Food) at SOAS (the School of Oriental & African Studies), University of London, conducting on-the-ground research for his Masters thesis on the food of the Samburu.