Drought again.. Sadly.. Times are tough again up in the Milgis… No rain to really speak of now, since May/June last year and its really dry… One of our main concerns are just to make sure no elephants or other wild life get stuck in the wells dug by the people for their own use and for their livestock… Our other concern is to make sure there is no conflict over water, between the wildlife and the people.. Times are hard and it does not help if people are upset if elephants or other wild life break their wells!!…
Just to explain how it works… this country is criss-crossed with Luggas.. Seasonal rivers.. Some of them you jump over, some like the Milgis is a km wide!..
When the water starts disapearing under the sand , the Elephants dig for water.. at first they just push their trunk in and pull the sand out till they get to water,.. then the slowly, slowly draw the lovely clean water out of their hole, and a drinking session can take hours.. …
But then finally the water table has gone too deep for the elephant to carry on and he will start looking for water else where.. And we want to avoid the conflict with the people who have really worked hard to dig a well for them selves and their livestock..
This guy is just starting a new well for himself..
heres a traditional well that they use to collect water for their homes and to water their livestock.. although each family digs their well, in a way you don’t own it exactly.. The wells are a work of art and a huge amount of work!!… Of course in true Samburu fashion every one is welcome to water any where, any time.. I am always so in awe how they also share with the wildlife who can be rather destructive sometimes!!
Now the tables have turned, heres a small well that the owner has tried to protect… The water table has gone down too far and the Elephants cant dig for them selves anymore so they rely on the wells that are dug.. this below is a perfect example and the well was not destroyed.. but imagine if a big herd needs water.. Then it becomes a bit chaotic..
This below is what we are trying to avoid.. Elephants drinking out of deep wells and sometimes the end result is the last picture.. not a nice scene..
So now the water table is low and difficult for the elephants to get to water, the Milgis has got many people from the communities digging wells for the wildlife.. Its a win, win situation.. They get employment , and the elephants don’t break their livestock wells!!
a few pictures of the elephants enjoying their wells we’ve dug for them!
Remember its only about 3 years now that the elephants are coming out in the day!!
If any kind person would like to help us keep this programme going , we would be so happy for funding to help keep our elephants safe .. THANK YOU…