Ruma National Park



I took a few hours off today and visited Ruma National Park, home of the last of the roan antelope, along with zebras, black and white rhinos, leopards and a number of other animal species.

The name apparently has some history:

It was renamed “Ruma” upon request of the local community. The area had been so named by one of Kenya’s most powerful wizard, the much feared Gor Mahia who lived around the park. The park is largely of black cotton soil with surrounding area settled with a mix of small scale cultivation and grassy pasture land.

Gor Mahia is a legendary Luo figure, who even has a book written about him.

Without much else to say outside of complaining about the heat, I leave a few pictures.

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About Pete Larson

Researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research. Lecturer in the University of Michigan School of Public Health and at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. I do epidemiology, public health, GIS, health disparities and environmental justice. I also do music and weird stuff.

4 responses to “Ruma National Park”

  1. Ralph says :


  2. Pete Larson says :

    Figured you’d be into that. No lions, etc. I’m on a budget!

  3. Ralph says :

    Impalas are awesome. Can’t wait to see one outside of a wildlife park.

  4. kumasaki says :

    I wish I were there.
    Enjoy the rest of the trip!

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