Our Kitchen is Under Attack

Jul 29, 2011 | Categories: Camp Life | 3 Comments

Greetings from Ewaso Lions Camp! I’m writing today with an urgent plea for donations to help with some problems we are facing in our research camp here in Samburu. For weeks we have been fending off a small army of pests which are determined to overtake our kitchen and make our lives more difficult. Persistent porcupines, cute but sneaky genets, lizards, rodents, and even scorpions and snakes are coming into our kitchen and wreaking havoc.

We need to raise $450 for materials and labor to improve our kitchen and make it pest-proof. We need proper cupboards, wire mesh, and storage to keep things clean and safe. If you have been to our camp, you know it needs help. If you have not been, just imagine giant holes in the walls where the dust blows in and plenty of places where critters can enter to make a home.

Our job of lion conservation and research in Kenya is tough enough without being woken in the middle of the night to chase after a porcupine trying to steal our eggs and bread. Please help by donating anything you can so we can improve our kitchen. We want our food clean and we don’t want our cook to be bitten by a hiding snake! Thank you.

The kitchen walls have huge holes that let in dust and animals.

Our camera trap caught this white-tailed mongoose wreaking havoc in our kitchen at night. We need money for mesh to keep these guys out.

We found this unwanted visitor in our kitchen. We need proper cupboards so scorpions don’t live where we eat!

This is our sad store (and home to wasps). We need to build a proper store to keep our goods.

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» John Rawnsley said: { Jul 29, 2011 - 07:07:19 }

I think decent living and working conditions are important for morale. I wish you luck in raising the rest of the funds.

Our first safari in Africa was at Samburu Intrepids on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro and we enjoyed meeting and talking with many friendly people. Not to mention the wonderful wildlife.

» ewasolions said: { Aug 3, 2011 - 12:08:31 }

Thanks for everyone who has contributed to our kitchen!!