Posts from the ‘Kenya’ Category
Nairobi – March 19
I am thrilled to announce that we are the proud foster parents of a beautiful baby female elephant, Ishanga, for one year. Her story like many of the others here may bring tears to your eyes, but that is why the work of the Elephant orphanage is so important. We will receive monthly email updates on the progress of Ishanga as she is prepared to be released into the wild. Here is her story.
The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is an amazing group doing very important animal conservation work in Kenya. Unfortunately, poaching is still a very serious problem in many parts of Africa and far too often the victims are the innocent babies left behind. Without, the care of The Trust most will die.
Visiting the orphanage is an incredible experience. The keepers explain the work they do and you get to witness the interaction between the elephants and their keepers. Seeing the young elephants run into camp behind their keepers and head directly for their own stall is very cool. The keepers must stay with the young ones 24/7 and actually sleep in their pens with them to ensure they are warm by covering them with blankets. There is a high risk they will die of pneumonia. They are fed special baby formula, very similar to human baby formula.
After seeing the babies you can choose which one you would like to adopt. The cost is only $50. As the cost of caring for these babies is high, each elephant has multiple foster parents.
Welcome to our family Ishanga.
While you are in Kenya, have a picture taken of yourself under a Baobab Tree (Upside Down Tree)….. bonus points if you are eating baobab fruit at the time….. just make sure you don’t pick the trees flowers…. legend say if you do, you will be eaten by a lion.
I searched high and low for a Baobab Tree before realizing that they do not exist in this part of Kenya – thanks Steve! In keeping with the sprit of the adventure; I did the next best thing and stood upside down beside a different tree. This Maasai warrior will never be the same. Even the hippo in the river were laughing.
Maasai Mara – Naibor Camp
March 15th – 18th
The Maasai Mara National Reserve is in the south west of Kenya. The Maasai Mara is not a National Park, but rather a National Reserve belonging to the Maasai people and administered by the local county councils. It is one of the best known and most popular reserves in Africa.
The reserve is especially famous for the high amount of predators, such as lions and cheetah, and the 1.5 million wildebeest which migrate through the Mara and cross the crocodile infested Mara river each year during the migration.
The pictures in this gallery were taken over my four days at Naibor Camp.
I arrived at Naibor yesterday from Lewa Downs after a fight of approximately ninety minutes. We had landed at various places along the way to offload other passengers. I was met at the airstrip by Mathew who would be my trusted guide for the next few days. We hit it off immediately.
Warning – you may find some of the following pictures are graphic!
At about 5 30 pm my guide and driver, Michael received a call on his radio from a colleague in another Sirikoi Lodge jeep that there had been a kill. A lioness had brought down a baby eland – elands are spiral horned antelopes.
When we arrived, one of the females was having her diner, while the other lioness patiently waited at a respectable distance to be invited for her turn. Their cubs were nowhere to be seen. After the first lioness had her fill she allowed the other lioness to partake while she went to find her cubs. Unfortunately, we were not there when they returned.
By the end of the shoot I was losing light quickly and pushed the ISO (film speed) up to 3200. It appears to add some pleasing noise.