Diary Archive: August 2014

Camera Trap ‘Trapping’ Lots of Wildlife

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It’s been very dry here this season with only 227mm, when last year we received 738mm. However, the low rainfall has been a blessing in disguise as the elephants have arrived back into the forest unseasonably early. We’ve captured many lovely videos of them, including this fantastic footage of a young elephant taking a dip in the Ngeng River in the early morning – truly special, take a look.

We had over 60 elephants with babies in front of the mess area and guests have had an elephant bonanza when visiting Kitich Camp.

More water buck and bush buck are coming to the camp on a daily basis. One bush buck was born just outside our tent. We heard the baby calling and upon further investigation, found a very wobbly and slightly damp newborn, while mommy was down by the stream trying to lead us away from her baby.

The camera trap has caught some rare images and videos of lions outside the manager’s tent including 2 lionesses walking by at lunchtime – quite unusual for them to be active during the day. Sally was inside the tent at the time the video was shot: you can see the lion stop and look in the direction of the tent before proceeding. Sally was in for a surprise when viewing the footage later!

One night a leopard killed a bush buck in camp. Unfortunately, for the leopard, he was disturbed by staff coming to work and so abandoned the kill. We moved the carcass to just outside of the mess area, as we didn’t want to attract hyenas into the camp. However, we did get some great camera trap footage of the hyenas feasting on the kill right about the time guests were having dinner; the hyenas made short work of devouring the carcass.

But we’re not too worried about the leopard as we know he comes back to camp regularly and particularly likes our sundowner spot.

With so much widlife activity going on at Kitich Camp, you need to come and see it for yourselves.

All the best,

Sally & Karl

 

 

Wildlife Warrior Poetry Competition

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Seems that at Engalai Primary School there is undiscovered talent for poetry writing and narration. Last month Kitich Camp, together with the Cheli & Peacock Community, proposed a poetry competition based on conservation themes for years 7 & 8 pupils. This is part of the ongoing Wildlife Warrior project that’s aimed at younger members of the local communities.

Engalai School Poetry Recital
Engalai School Poetry Recital

The Trust donated posters and flash cards with educational information on the Big 5. The children were grouped into teams of 7 and asked to write poems, which were then marked by the C&P Trust team in Nairobi. Overall, the Engalai pupils set a very high standards as all but one of the poems scored a 9/10 The poems were returned to the children to prepare for a recital event.

Guests & Pupils at Engalai School's Poetry Recital
Guests & Pupils at Engalai School's Poetry Recital

In late July, the teams recited their poems in front of an audience of their parents, teachers, the area chief, Kitich staff and their fellow pupils. Five independent judges scored the poems and the end result a close call: 1 outright winning team, 2 teams for second place and 2 teams for third place.

Poetry Competition Winners
Poetry Competition Winners

All participants received a certificate. The winning team were presented with a trophy, and a visit to Kitich Camp.

Engalai Pupils Tour Kitich Camp
Engalai Pupils Tour Kitich Camp

On the 4th August the winning team, with 3 of their teachers, toured Kitich Camp, both front and back- of-house areas, with explanations given on how the camp obtained and maintains its Silver eco-rating.

The visit ended with sodas and a celebration cake for all.

Celebration Cake and Sodas with Sally
Celebration Cake and Sodas with Sally

Together with the C&P Community Trust, we are proud to be educating the next generation of conservationists in Kenya.

All the best

Sally & Karl

 

 

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