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Kikuyu White-eye
This is one of the endemic species of Kenya. It was recently split from the Montan White-eye complex, which for many years has held many species as races. With the new split, Kenya got a new endemic species and this is one of the key targets on several birding tours in the country. We know many sites where this species occurs and we can easily help you find it on the Kenyan Highlands.
Hinde's Babbler
A Kenyan endemic species that lives in groups around the Central Kenya Highlands and Eastern Kenya Lowlands. The species is quite easy to find when you get to the right habitat, where they live among thick bushes and tangles. This is one of the key highlights on our Kenyan Birding Tours and Safaris.
Jackson's Francolin
This is a Kenyan endemic species of Francolin, which is sometimes called a Spurfowl. It lives in the mountains of Central and Western Kenya, occupying high altitude. Their preferred habitat is moorlands and heather vehetation on the Alpine Zone of mountains. They do however descend quite low into the Bamboo and Tropical Forest Zones. We see them well on our tours to the mountains.
Aberdare Cisticola
This tiny member of the Warbler group, belongs to the diverse Cisticola Family. This is a family of Little Brown Jobs (LBJs), that is often considered a tough group to identify. Our company specializes in this group of birds and we have learnt a lot of great sites to find species like this Aberdare Cisticola. The Aberdare Cisticola is one of the endemic Cisticolas of Kenya.
Crab Plover
This is a very unique shorebird and ranks globally as one of the special waders to add to your lifelist. We often find them with ease along the Indian Ocean Coast and have some very reliable sites where our groups see them well. A day with Crab Plovers will definitely cement a great memory in your mind.
Leopard
This is a member of the Big Cats, and a key target for many safari guests. A great animal to connect with on safari and indeed Kenya is one of the best places on earth to find Leopards. Pound for pound, the Leopard is one of the strongest among the Big Cats; and they have a habit of hoisting their prey onto trees. Leopards are a member of the African Big 5.
Maasai Giraffe
Giraffes are endemic to Africa and that makes them very special on any safari. To enjoy three species of giraffes, Kenya is your place to be. Here we enjoy the Maasai Giraffe, Rothschild's Giraffe and Reticulated Giraffe. The sight of a majestic giraffe striding across the African plains is a really welcome experience.
Black Rhino
The Black Rhino is a member of the African Big 5 and is the indigenous rhino species for Kenya. In Kenya we also have another species of rhino - the White Rhino; where we get both the Northern White Rhinos and the Southern White Rhinos. Rhinos are a great animal to see and they always add great moments on any safari.
African Buffalo
The African Buffalo is a member of the African Big 5 and one of the large mammals that is frequently encountered on safari. They love to feed in groups on the savannah, occupying both grasslands and woodlands. They are also widely distributed in other habitats, including mountain forests. Once in a while you encounter lone bulls feeding on their own, away from the herds.
African Lion
The African Lion is a member of the African Big 5 and also a Big Cat. This majestic King of the Jungle is a great mammal to encounter on safari and often makes for amazing photo opportunities. They live in prides that are led by a male, with several females and cubs. They spend most of the day relaxed or socializing with pride members.

Cisticola Tours founded the Kenya Women Birders Club, a young club aimed at nurturing female Birding Guides and Research Assistants. We support the club with an array of activities, from free training programs, internships, employment of Guides and sponsoring birding gear or books. The goal is to equip the ladies with enough skills and experience, to become Tour Guides or Research Assistants across Kenya.

Additionally, during all our tours, we support local communities by working with local guides in every community site we visit. This has helped local communities, and especially farmers, to appreciate nature and view birds as a source of income. They therefore protect habitat for the birds so that their children can become local guides and earn a living from tourism. We also fund local community projects like bee keeping, water harvesting and afforestation.

We also contribute greatly to Citizen-Science projects in Africa, with a major focus on eBird and Kenya Bird Map. These are two bird mapping projects where we share all our tour records and bird sightings. To enable conservation of species, data on distribution is very important, and our company is committed to bridge the gaps.

We also run an Environmental Education Program in Kenya, where we target mainly schools. We help them establish Wildlife and Environment Clubs and educate the students on conservation projects within their schools. This has helped greatly in nurturing conservation passion among the youth.

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