We are all aware of the drought in East Africa.. In our area the rains have been very sporadic and patchy for well over two years now…. ‘its keeping us all on our toes’ and we just keep thinking positive thoughts for rain, and lots of it !!
In the mean time I have been really worrying about how the wildlife was coping in the desert, so we went to check it out!!
WOW and WOW again!.. were we pleasantly surprised to find somehow things looked really good!!
One afternoon, on arrival at camp we heard gun shots ringing out into the desert.. Our team raced off into the direction to find a man, defiant that he was doing nothing wrong.. He first said a cheetah was bothering his livestock, but our team found no tracks.. only one of a grants gazelle.. In the end he had to admit, all he wanted was a little meat .. luckily he did not hit it and our guys had fun calming him down and explaining this is not allowed … this was quite difficult to start with and after a lot of talking they came to a good agreement that he won’t do it again.. He followed the guys to camp, we became friends, plenty of laughter, and he sold us a goat.. which he ate with us.. Important to our work is not to fight.. this is how we will win..
In this case we were in the right place on the right day.. This desert is big and you can’t be every where.. BUT we will win!..
We are determined the wildlife in this desert will survive for ever…
A few pictures to show you the magic out there!
This desert is frequented by both the Rendille and the Samburu people, who have lived with the wildlife peacefully but with the modern world catching up we need to make sure it DOES NOT catch up here.. My fascination also is who made all these piles ALL over this area??
the array of birds and wild animals just does not stop..
Mean while back home.. how are the animals doing!.. ????
We tried out a new road, over the north/west Ndotos…
Sadly though I have to say we have lost around 20 elephants this year.. Some.. old age, wounded in human- wildlife conflict,( mainly from other areas and they come here to die) Also quite a few casualties lately of youngsters falling down very steep slopes, and a few sick.. BUT generally they are in good shape.. our 30 wells that we are digging for the wildlife up and down the luggas are saviours!
finally it was the time of the year to remember my brother Simon by climbing a mountain.. and this is where we went this year!! Lemogor..
Dearest Helen, Pete and all your lovely team!
How we love to live the desert life through your eagle eyes and brilliant photos, thanks for sharing these precious moments.
Your incredible work is paying off, and a sacred part of the world is being nurtured even in these harsh times of drought.
Sending you all a huge hug of thanks and as ever full of admiration for all that you have done and continue to do.
Love from all the BB family
Dear Helen Just getting in touch as we will be in Kenya at the coast over Xmas and New Year but sadly I wont be up country at all… however Astrid and Jamie are coming to stay after Xmas at Kilifi where we are renting the Filmers house… and they are going up country after that from around 2nd and returning to UK on the 7th.
Will you be on safari then or where may you be… they may go and stay at Kitich -its a thought as there is availability there for 3 nights and wondered what you would be doing around then. You are probably busy on safari but just good to know.
If you are ever able to come to the coast – or will be there, we would adore to see you and there may be space for you to stay even but I know that is the busy time for you.
Would be lovely to catch up or for Astrid to anyway
Hope you have had some rain… All love Anthea xxx ________________________________