Action.. Schools.. the Government schools are rather drab and unexciting and our scouts try to lift the spirits of the students by talking about every day life with nature, and where they MUST NOT GO WRONG!!
For some reason ??!! Children are nervous when they see people in uniform, SO its important to teach them the conservation rules, and to make them realise that the Milgis scouts are friendly as long they follow them.. Milgis has very clear rules… live peacefully with your environment!! Don’t burn the forests, don’t throw litter, respect wild life, etc etc!
Noonchura school.. a visit to the school with Suzanne who has supported it right through, from the beginning..
Milgis mostly likes to support schools under the trees with good views and surrounded by birds, and animals..
Sponsoring children to secondary school.. the primary schools are almost free, but when they leave what THEN???? is the big question.. So the Milgis steps in to help where we can.. this young girl being a lucky one ..
THE DROUGHT.. That luckily has finally ended.. It started raining on the 29th November MUCH TO EVERY ONES RELIEF!!
This time the drought was bad, really bad.. the rains failed almost every where in Northern Kenya in April/May, and then the rain that should have started mid October was 6 weeks late… thousands of animals especially livestock .. cows, sheep goats died and now the rains have come all the weak ones are falling off their perches.. including many of these beautiful European rollers..
sadly below a couple of Images of what happens when there’s a drought..
All I can say is there would be many more if it wasn’t for the hard work of all our scouts racing down to the luggas early morning, to check all the wells for any mishaps in the night, and staying till late evening to try to cover the dangerous ones up..
This one also eventually had to go to Reteti as the herd again was no where to be seen.. Sadly in these stressful times mothers, all mothers are deserting their babies because of the drought..
Another tiny little elephant calf found in the Ndoto hills near Arsim, had fallen down a very steep hill side, and had been deserted by mum and some community members found it, but too late.. It died just as they were getting to help 15 hours later..
Fires…. Also terrible forest fires were lit again in the Ndoto Mountains.. ahhhhhhhhhhpphhh …. Burning the foot hills, and with the huge desert winds whistling up through the mountains it burns all the way up into the valuable forests… VERY SAD again.. BUT the perpetrators have received hefty fines and some of their own cows were burn’t, so hopefully one day this will STOP forever.. We are making a film to explain the remifecations ( I’m sure that word exists?) of burning to the communities.. it will be on our website soon!
Rabies Vaccinations.. To try to stop this awful disease so that people can live peacefully with their dogs and of course, then it does not spread…
A huge and very important part of our Milgis work is endeavouring to inject as many dogs in the area against rabies , and if we can get a quick shot of dewormer it helps.. But some of the dogs are incredibly wary.. once they know what’s up!.. BUT here’s our friend Jeff who is getting pretty fast and doesn’t miss many!, who kindly joins our vet team, which consists of Lemira the driver, ‘Daktari’.. Lpajas Lesoloyia and Mary the family planner!!
PLASTIC…. This most terrible, magic useful stuff!!
The Milgis is winning on this front.. the unit leaders, scouts, ilkiramats along with their communities are really trying to STOP this horrible thing taking over our lives.. We have made a film to show the people exactly what’s going on.. Freddy Deeble and his friend Harry have been working on this for months and its going to be good! Its nearly ready and it will be on our website the moment its ready!
GIRAFFES in the desert… This animal is quickly getting on to the endangered list world wide.. We have a beautiful group living in the desert.. We had a very positive and exciting visit from ‘SAVE GIRAFFES NOW‘, and we hope to team up to keep this population of giraffes alive and safe..
We sent Lesoloyia out into the desert to find them and check out the situation.. And here they are just looking magnificent and we were at the height of drought!!
he told me when he got back.. “HELEN, If we don’t do anything now then we will end up with NOTHING in the desert.. like the lbarta plains.. When I was young the plains were covered in giraffes, hartebeast, oryx, eland, gerenuk, ostriches, zebras especially Grevy’s, and grants gazelles- the latter 3 probably less than 50 of each left, if we are lucky.. all the rest have disappeared…” He said ” I didn’t have the forethought and the ableness to save that area BUT I do have it now!!!
WE WILL NOT AND CAN NOT LET THE KAISUT/CHALBI DESERT WILDLIFE GO THE SAME WAY!!“
DESERT PATROL.. the managers report on a 4 day trip to look for giraffe!
On the 11th of November 2021 we set out into the desert north/east of the Ndoto Mountains in search of giraffes with 3 objectives, to try and establish how many are in the desert, if the poaching is still going on and find out the impact of drought on them. We headed off to Lempirish where we picked our Lkiramat Mr Leleshep who is familiar with the desert. We followed along Aarge lugga and spent the night towards the end of the lugga following his advice. At night a giraffe came right into our camp as though to welcome and approve what we are out to do. This gave the team more energy, to make sure we do something to save them. Other wildlife sighted this day
- 2 ostriches
- 37 gerenuk
- 17 grant gazelles
- 10 Oryx
- 6 dikdiks
We covered 107 km
We set out very early into the desert with the Lkiramat leading us into where he said we should find giraffes unless there is a serious problem. ( ie poachers causing havoc, displaced by rantille camels, or just become too dry) After 1 hour of driving we found 2 giraffes exactly where the Lkiramat had told us we should find them, further on we found another giraffe who looked scared and ran on sighting us. We met Rantile morans herding camels and they gave us information that they usually see giraffes in the area. We decided to camp in that area so that we search it properly the following day. They also reported that recently they have been seeing very weak Oryx who are unable to run. We did not find any weak ones but the drought in the desert is very serious and could easily affect wild animals.
Other wildlife sighted during the day.
- 3 ostriches
- 9 grevy’s zebras
- 11 dikdiks
- 8 grant gazelles
- 13 gerenuks
- 2 Oryx
- Heard sounds of the fox (lkuchaa) at night.
We covered 47 km
We started the day with some scouts walking while others followed tracks of 6 giraffes in the car. The vehicle team found the 6 giraffes but were scared of the vehicle and ran away, as we followed them we found another group of 10 who had 3 young ones. They were friendly and we got good pictures of them. The foot team found 3 giraffes two together and a juvenile on its own. This area had a bit of rain and the vegetation was good with trees flowering and the wildlife were feeding on the flowers.
Other wildlife seen in the day.
- 11 Oryx
- 3 ostriches
- 16 grant gazelles
- 20 gerenuks
- 17 dikdik
We covered 51km
We started our patrol back towards Ldonyo mara after searching the entire area that the Lkiramat said was the home of the giraffes. We decided to go back to the area where we spent the first night, and be more patient! Leleshep insists they like that area. We found fresh and old tracks of giraffe in many places.. bUT did not see them!
Other wildlife seen in the day
- 4 Oryx
- 7 grant gazelles
- 8 dikdiks
- 13 gerenuks
We covered 43km
Looking at the giraffes tracks and information from herders in the desert we believe there could easily be upwards of 40 individuals living in the desert. All the 23 individuals that we sighted are in good body condition.
We also got information that people do hunt giraffes for meat using motor bikes.
We propose …
Since these giraffes live in the desert where no one lives except during dry periods, people can easily hunt them for meat without notice or deterrence. ( and we talked to one man who admitted he ate the odd giraffe) We therefore propose to create a team of 6 scouts who will live at the western edge of the desert, on the lower lugga Muran, so that they can patrol the desert throughout. The desert is vast and we intend to get these scouts from the communities living around … The team will be based on the west side of the desert, with a small team of camels so that they can patrol in silence.. They will also have a small Suzuki jeep to cover the vast area when needed.. also there will a motorbike that will help them keep up with the poacher antics.. As one of our scouts said..” the only thing that can keep up with motor bikes is motor bikes!!”
Our new base on the north end of the Ndotos!! We have decided that its costing us too much every time we need to cross over ‘the other side’ of our area we work, that its time to have a base on the north east side of the mountains so we can store things, keep a vehicle..etc.. at least support our scouts from closer.. remember the Milgis covers around 6 thousand square kms!!
THIS BELOW WILL BE OUR VIEW!!!
AND WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMASY BIRD TO END WITH, and I am off walking for 3 weeks, SO WE WISH EVERY ONE A FABULOUS END TO 2021 .. See you in 2022..