Wild dogs, elephants & clouds of butterflies
2014 has been a great year for the elephants around us and many guests have been privileged to see them on their guided walks. Occasionally walks have had to be shortened due to the elephants using the same paths! A unique experience which guests have loved.
We’ve also had great excitement with the sighting of wild dogs on our walks. Some of the local community have unfortunately lost goats to the dogs. However, the Samburu community believe that wild dogs host the spirits of their ancestors and should be protected. In addition, a new initiative by the County Council compensates any livestock lost to wild animals – a great move forward for the conservation of our beautiful wildlife.
In March the Cheli & Peacock Community Trust held a conservation competition with nearby Engalia Primary School – 124 children took part, together with some parents on the school committee. There was a question and answer session, plus the children sang songs and recited poetry about the Big 5 – in both English & Swahili. All the children received a certificate for entering the competition and the winning team won a trophy donated by the Trust.
The Kitich family continues to grow. Day Watchman Lolokuria & Tent Attendant Laparaine became proud fathers in December. Sumuland, our Waiter/Barman, became a father for the seventh time in March – congratulations to his wife for her remarkable stamina!
The Kitich area continues to have an abundance of butterflies year round. We now have butterfly & tree guides available for all guests. The guides have also been donated to the Engalai Primary School, plus our local Namumak Rangers. There is now fierce competition to identify the most species!
Our birding groups were amazed at the diversity of species found within the Mathews’ Range. Kitich has a checklist of 328 species!
We closed camp in April & May for the welcome long rains during which we carried out maintenance and further in-house training. Being back, the forest is looking lush & green and we cannot wait to re-open camp on June 15th!
With warmest wishes
Sally & Karl