Posts Tagged ‘Elephants’

Video: Baby Elephants Play in the Mud

May 16, 2015 | Categories: Reserves | 1 Comment


This might be the cutest thing on the Internet. On Friday, whilst out in the field looking for lions, our team came across two young elephant calves making the most of the recent rains in Samburu (in northern Kenya). Here they are happily frolicking in a muddy waterhole with the rest of their family.

These two calves, which are about six months old, were with a group of eight or so elephants that had convened at this water hole. After months of extreme dryness, you can really see their joy as they take a mud bath.

We are still smiling after this very special sighting.



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The First Rains Arrive and Break the Dry Spell in Samburu

Mar 27, 2015 | Categories: Camp Life, Other news | 1 Comment

Happy elephants, wet from the rain.

We just had three incredibly challenging days in the field. Our team of warriors (Marco, Yesalai, Lesiamito, Lekoyo and Letoiye) and I were heading back to camp, exhausted, grubby, and overwhelmed. The winds were strong and there was dust blowing everywhere.

As we were driving, we suddenly smelled rain – that unmistakably rich, earthy smell – in the distance. All of us stuck our heads out of the car, sniffing the air with big smiles on our faces.  Marco told me it was exactly what the cows do when they smell the first rains: stick their noses up towards the smell of the rain.

Suddenly, the first rain drops arrived and there was loud cheering in the car as the warriors recited “Ngai! Ngai!” (“God” in the Samburu langua...

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Witnessing an Elephant Give Birth – And Hearing a Samburu Tale

Mar 7, 2014 | Categories: Community, Reserves | 5 Comments

The newborn elephant.

The following story of a truly rare and spectacular event happened during our first Mama Simba game drive, when we took 32 Samburu women into the park to see lions. They got more than they bargained for. This blog was written by Jeneria Lekilele, Ewaso Lions Senior Field Officer.

After driving all over Samburu National Reserve looking for lions, we went for a short break to a beautiful clearing in the park. The ladies were quiet and kept asking us to see lions. We all split up and eventually found the lions. Everyone was so excited. In my car I had a lady with a little baby who started crying. I decided to drive further away from the lions so the lions would not be disturbed.

As I started driving towards the main river I saw many elep...

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Taking 32 Samburu Women on Their First Safari

Jan 22, 2014 | Categories: Community, Education, Lions, Reserves | 7 Comments

On the game drive

Last week we took 32 Samburu women from Westgate Conservancy on a safari to Samburu National Reserve.  The ladies had never been before!  A few had driven through the Reserve on their way to Archers Post, yet they had never seen wildlife close-up.  We asked the women what they wanted to see – some said buffalo – we quickly told them this would be difficult as buffaloes disappeared from Samburu in 2009.  Most of them however said they wanted to see lions and leopard!

We set off early in convoy – there were four cars filled with animated, beautifully dressed women who were excited about their day’s adventure.  We met with the warden of Samburu, Mr Gabriel Lepariyo, who chatted to the women about the Reserve, its wildlife a...

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Warrior Watch Expands to Mpus Kutuk

Mar 28, 2011 | Categories: Community, Warriors, Westgate Conservancy | 1 Comment

Warriors in Westgate have been engaged in conservation and part of our Warrior Watch programme since January 2010.  The 5 warriors from Westgate Community Conservancy have remained enthusiastic and excited about their roles in conservation through 2010 as they reported on wildlife sightings, attended conflict cases and held meetings of their own with other warriors on the importance of wildlife.  They attended training sessions, visited the reserves on educational tours and also spent weeks with us in camp learning and getting involved in research activities.

Following the success of Warrior Watch in Westgate in 2010, we recently expanded into the neighbouring Mpus Kutuk Conservancy in February 2011.  Mpus Kutuk is located South of the ...

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