Everyone THANK YOU for reading my blogs, and for your wonderful comments always!! Nicky you wrote ‘Is it possible to stop the poaching in the desert!?? ‘ Well…. when we did NOT see lion tracks for nearly ten years in the Milgis I wondered if we would ever see them again here .. BUT look who we have wondering around at the moment. This most BEAUTIFUL KING….
AND whats more after the rain there is massive movements of livestock especially cattle, and he is being so well behaved.. !!
Its a pretty tough life for a lion in these places where people and them live together .. And I might add its tough to live with those huge lions if you are a pastoralist! BUT here we are ALL LIVING TOGETHER!! Imagine you are a hungry lion and a slow moving delicious animal walks past .. wouldn’t you!?? As our manager says .. You cant blame the lion..
In the last few days there has been massive movements of domestic animals moving to greener pastures in the west.. and the lions were perfectly behaved..
Imagine if you are a young boy walking along with your goats or cows and you meet one of these monsters!!
Imagine if you are on the move with every thing you own, you stop for the night, exhausted probably after 40 kms walk and a lion kills three of your donkeys in the night!
Imagine losing three camels in one day to lion.. their little calves waiting for mum at home..
These are not unusual happenings..
BUT as I’ve said before, Lions mean alot to the Samburu and a lion has to be very bad to merit being killed!.. Apart from any thing NO ceremony happens with out a piece of lion skin tied to every ones shins..
SO ITS A MUST… LIONS WILL SURVIVE HERE!!! ( touching wood!!)
So BACK to the subject in question the ‘triangle’ in the North/East of the Ndotos, reaching up to Kulal, and to Kargi on the Chalbi desert… And the poaching being carried out by people running the plains game down by motor bike.. ( see my last blog.. desert extremes)
so the question is…’Can we do it??’ .. Can we save what’s left and give them security.. OF COURSE WE CAN!! I certainly don’t think it will be impossible to make a difference.. We hope to make a small base near these rocks, where we will have a camel patrol right through the area every month.. We’ve travelled the triangle from tip to head and this is our final decision to have a small camp for our scouts and who will patrol this area with camels..
At the north west end of our triangle is Kulal, and we went and spent 3 days talking to the communities, and hearing their stories.. AND we were blessed with some PROPER RAIN!! .. it rained for 24 hours.. so nice for the people there it was really needed..
Mt Kulal is a completely different mountain to our ones further south, its an old volcano that blew so hard it smashed the whole side of the mountain out.. The valley in these pictures is this spot.. its amazing.. No pictures from up on the mountain because it was raining most of the time..
The area is dry, and mostly covered in lava rocks spewed over the desert from the mountain.. its really tough country and you have these wonderful shaped hills around..
Back home on the Milgis…