News from the Reserves

A lot has been going on in the reserves over the past 2 weeks. Elephants are still here in their hundreds. All the big bulls are in musth and following the oestrus females keenly. The lions are trickling back with regular sightings of Nashipai and Naibor. Cheetah and leopards have also been seen. Yesterday I saw 4 hippos which was a real treat as they are almost never seen. They were lurking in the swamps at Maji ya Chumvi and I got a brief glimpse of them. And this morning I saw a caracal run across the road with a squirrel in its mouth!

Some more special moments:

– 48 reticulated giraffes in the river a few days ago. This was such a beautiful sight as you can see in the photo.


– 20 Somali ostrich – mama in the lead, followed by 18 young ones with the male bringing up the rear. Ostriches are only seen in a few places in the reserves and at times I go through weeks without seeing them.


– Mt Kenya has been visible and clear over the last 2 weeks. I have had spectacular sights of Mt Kenya (shown in the photo below with elephants in the foreground), the Nyambene Hills and Ol Lolokwe (the Samburu sacred mountain) every morning.


– 105 Beisa oryx on the plains in Buffalo Springs!


The Ewaso Nyiro is drying up quickly and all the animals are beginning to congregate along the river once again. I think there will be a long dry spell this year…

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  1. antonio italy
    Posted May 16, 2008 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    fantastic photos

  2. antonio italy
    Posted May 16, 2008 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    fantastic wildlife is in the reserve!

  3. Wim
    Posted May 16, 2008 at 7:09 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photographs! Wonderful to see all those giraffes. I remember being shocked to see such huge herds having grown up with the two or three in the zoo, it had never occurred to me that they would live in such large groups, forty-eight is just astonishing. The oryx are such elegant animals. Thank you for this.

  4. Posted May 17, 2008 at 8:36 am | Permalink

    How did you count all those oryx! And are ostriches, aggressive? So good to hear about all these carnivore sightings. Terrific the elephants are out in force. What a cheery post for us, something for everyone! BTW, a little help on the way, for Gypsy. Have a great weekend!

  5. Posted May 22, 2008 at 4:40 am | Permalink

    Luckily the oryx were spread all over the plains and it was fairly easy to drive through slowly and count one by one! Ostriches are not really agressive… and we have the Somali ostrich, where the males have blue necks. We don’t get to see them that often, which is why this sighting was so special!

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