Elephants drinking at midday, the Magnificent Milgis lions roaring, and hunting dogs in our camp!
Elephants generally like to drink, wallow, play and have fun at midday but our Northern Elephants have not had that pleasure for nearly 40 years… I’ve been in the area for 30 of those 40 years and a week ago from our hill we saw a very exciting change!!!!..
And BOOM out into our view a herd of elephants step out near midday with a purpose!??
They ambled out into the lugga, and we thought maybe they were running away from the people down the lugga who were watering their goats!
my camera is not the greatest! BUT anyway it shows an ele!
Quite a few yeas ago we made a film with the BBC part of the series ‘Human planet’ … “RIVERS” it was all about how wildlife and humans use each other to survive.. Our part was about some pastoralists coming from the Kaisut desert with their camels into an area they did not know and first problem.. Where to find water!? BUT when they saw elephant tracks in the sand of the Milgis lugga they knew all they needed to do was to follow the tracks and they would find water where the elephants had been digging! Getting the footage of elephants digging and drinking was quite interresting!! We spent 2 weeks filming elephants at night, with a night camera.. The results were fabulous and it was really fun for us to be involved in!.. But really they prefer to arrive at water in the midday, as well as drinking they cool off .. Like in Samburu national park, where elephants know they are safe the elephants mostly come down to the river at midday.. now we have it on our front door! Never seen it here before!
STEP BY STEP we are winning!!
The next day we walked down to where they had been drinking! .. We were on top of the hill behind..
In the same week we had 2 wild dogs right in our camp, and I was incredibly lucky to watch a lion calmly wonder past one evening!! proof below! again lions, the famous Milgis lions were almost totally wiped out, but now they are making an amazing come back, and MOST NIGHTS WE HEAR THEM CALLING!!
For years and years i NEVER saw a hyena in the day, but always saw tracks only.. But more and more we see them in the evening and morning!!
Out on safari lately, many lovely encounters with wildlife.. Incredible when you think that many a person told me when i first went to the the Milgis lugga that’ it was a lost cause.. the wildlife will never come back’..
I would like to say that A HUGE AMOUNT OF CREDIT GOES TO THE LONG SUFFERING COMMUNITIES.. who have lost livestock to these carnivores, but they also realise that with out wildlife, life is NOT THE SAME!! they need lion skin for their ceremonies as well!..
And below our camp one evening!
I was looking up some of my blogs from 2008/9 and this is what I wrote wrote.. ‘the ‘Milgis’ will know its making head way when we see elephants return to Mt Nyiru” … In the last 5/6 years a few have been going up there, probing, checking it out, spending a few days here and there, but coming back fast into the safety of the Ndotos and the Milgis Lugga, BUT we now have a small herd of 10, with youngsters that has settled there, are calm and are happily feeding.. when i was writing those even they hadn’t settled in the Ndotos, now its home!!
a beautiful evening photo!..