BIODIVERSITY!.. living together, using each other to stay alive.. how ever we want to call it! …
I thought this bumble bee homing in on a flower was a nice start!
To survive the bee needs the flower and the flower needs the bee..
LIVING IN NATURE..
Here’s a nice story.. For many years this man in the picture below has felt sorry for the vervet monkeys living around his area on the lower Milgis lugga.. The well, the people get water from, is dangerously deep and now and then he has found a monkey fallen into the water and drowned.. So he took it upon himself to put water for the monkeys just to the side of the well.. BUT here and there the people did not respect, his now, monkeys!.. chasing them off throwing things at them etc.. So he decided, right “I’ll give them water near my home”, so he sends his wife and children with a donkey, off, early morning, to the well to collect water and he keeps the little bucket full of water all day..
NOW of course he has lots of children!! They are all one happy family.. The dogs are all friends with the monkeys and it’s an incredible scene!! AND the best thing is they don’t just take.. They look after the boma.. if there’s any foreign dogs or people they make certain noises which the old man understands! and the best thing at night they sleep around his manyatta ( home stead) and from their warning calls through out the night the old man know’s what’s around.. be it leopard, lion, hyenas and or jackals.. OR people!
It is an incredibly special give and take scene..
this old man JUST LOVES HIS MONKEYS!! below is the bucket ( a jerry can cut in half) tied in the tree so his goats can’t pinch the water!.. The monkeys come and tell him when its empty..
When the family sit down for a meal the monkeys sit down in hope for a few morsels.. I did not get picture of the scene as it was intruding BUT its true.. YOU help me I’ll help you, kind of story!
Ltau oishiwie likae!… it’s the new Milgis word, and we use it all the time..
This camel below is letting the raven clean up the ticks and any thing else living on his body.. He stood there for half an hour being groomed!
Thanks for the help! he says!
Oxpeckers using the donkey for cover and a lift.. they in turn will clean up all the things living in its fur..
YOU MAY BE WONDERING !.. SOOOOO how’s things up north!! Still, HOT, DRY, TERRIBLY TOUGH!!.. BUT, BUT not all totally bad, we had this incredible drop of rain on the 2nd and 3rd of January that definitely did help.. It was patchy and scattered but some places it was great! Although, I look at the state of this donkey, and a month and a half later, wonder if its still alive.. The water in the dam is finished.. The luxury was short, and now its a battle at our Kasipo water project to get water.. Its the only water in the area now.. There are hundreds of people and animals all waiting their turn.. Anyway, thank goodness for this project.. thanks to Lene Maria
On our last safari, finding water was quite hard work, except these two lucky places.. The govt dam in Kasipo and the rock catchment in Siangaan, in these pictures below, are very good catchments and we were very lucky to find water for the camels..
back on the Milgis lugga on our last few days… of course there’s water in this massive lugga, you just need to dig.. And at the moment you have to dig deep..
In the north end of the Ndoto mountains a little lucky find.. and some very happy residents as well!
On the 2nd and 3rd of January we had some rain, SOME BEING THE OPERATIVE WORD! but the joy it brought was unbelievable..
AND somewhere up stream of Lkanto had enough rain to bring the Seiya lugga down!
every one is so excited.. the matriarch left the herd in the water having fun, and out on the dry land her babe was rushing around after any thing he could see..
our lions all popped out of the bushes on hearing the water in the lugga!
This leopard was as excited as every one else.. announcing his presence with a proper roar!, then walking down the ridge in day light with his tail high..
Mean while the drought continues.. It didn’t take long to go back to where we were, times are really hard for every one.. people and animals alike..
Only certain places got rain.. And as exciting as it was to see the elephants, lions and leopard all come out of their hidey holes the flood waters are extremely muddy and filled all the wells along the lugga, ruining them.. Also it does not help the water table because with all the mud it doesn’t sink in, just drying on the surface.. Every one has to start again, with new wells..
In the Perre lugga in the west side of the Ndotos, where there was very little rain, the wells get deeper and deeper..
these two wells are in the Milgis.. Nice and shallow and saving the elephants..
Ask me how the cows, the ‘sacred’ animals of the Samburu, are coping with the drought?!!
MANY MANY have died.. and some are beating all odds to keep going!
this is incredible.. Cows are living on the top of Poi BUT have to descend down the incredibly steep rock, more or less 3000 feet, every 5 days for water
And where have we been since the beginning of the year??
New years morning, first light, we were welcomed to 2023 by two Verreaux eagles displaying!!
in January we had a wonderfull 2 week safari and circumnavigated the Ndoto mountains.. Just a few pics to finish off with..
And finally back to the subject of LTAU OISHIWIE LIKAE .. If it wasn’t for the mighty Milgis Lugga these camels would have no where to go.. Hundreds, thousands are coming in from the eastern deserts like Tsunamis, to look for food..
And the best way to support the Milgis is COME ON SAFARI!!!
Let’s hope El Niño starts slows and then works it’s magic on the land – 3 years is too long!