Head Scout’s daily report
Reporting date: 11.6.2012
over the last month pasture and water in the conservancy has been surplus and wildlife and livestock had enough. The core area has supported the big herds of elephant that has been around for nearly two and half weeks. The male lion has been spotted near the salt lick several times trying to hunt.The tower of girraffe is around and roams all over the conservancy. A new born from the tower is two and half weeks old and enjoying the company of the big journey.
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Head Scout’s daily report
Reporting date: 11.04.2012
The patrol in the afternoon came across the resident lioness on her own close to the salt lick trying to stalk a herd of zebras. Unfortunately the zebrsa were on high alert and saw her before making any move. she moved just by the salt lick and watched the zebras head towards the sundowner spot without stopping. The vehicles on afternoon game drive saw her and she never moved. The cubs must have been not to far from the place.
Reporting date: 13.03.2012
Our scouts reported sighting a lioness with 3 cubs around Ntulele plot area. The mother was hunting but was unsuccessful. Not far away a herd of elephants scampered into an open area and then came together surrounding the calves as if to protect them from a predator. On looking closer, a pack of 20 wild dogs emerged from the bush nearby and spread out to hunt a herd of impala that were nearby. They looked very healthy but were determined to make another kill. Our attention was later drawn to a leopard that had climbed a tree near our main gate into the camp. The scout on duty at the gate had spotted it. But when we arrived, it climbed down and hid in the nearby bush never to appear again. It was a very unique opportunity to see the cubs so close, said one guest 'but more so the wild dogs were exceptional' he added.
Reporting date: 23.01.2012
One of our staff was driving to one of our scouts base in the morning and came across 'some strange dog-like animals' he said. He added that at first he thought they were hyenas. But they looked darker as opposed to hyenas which are more brownish with dark spots. Further more, hyenas are usually shy, taking off as soon as you approach them. But these painted dogs were brave and ran towards the car. He had to speed off.
Immediately he informed the scouts about his ordeal but the scouts already knew what the 'strange animals' were and informed me. When I heard this I was excited and inquired more about their location and pack size. I immediately went out to look for them. Luckily they were lying under the croton bushes. They had killed two impalas and had just finished eating and were resting. Peter, Martin and Ferdinand's guests all had the opportunity to see them. A rare sighting indeed.
It been over two weeks since they were last seen in the conservancy. We are so happy at their return!
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Reporting date: 19/12/2011
For over one month now, every monday mornings Philip, Alex and Florence have been leading bird watching excursions around the camp to find out the avifauna diversity. We use physical observations as well as bird sound recordings to identify the different species of birds. Our bird sounds database has over 400 bird sounds recorded. So far we have recorded 83 different species. We hope that with subsequent bird walks more bird species will be recorded around the camp.
Maasai Mara is known to host over 450 bird species.
Reporting Date: 27/11/2011.
The rains have brought good fortune for all carnivores and herbivores roaming the Mara's grassy plains. The grass is getting higher and higher as each day goes by. Most of the animals time their breeding and calfing period during or after the rains. This is important so as to ensure the new borns have enough to eat.
On a game drive around the Mara bushtops conservancy Ferdinand and his guests were happy to see alot of young of many different species of animals. Best of all was when they came across a herd of elephants with a very young calf which they estimated to be about 3 weeks old. They found it funny watching the calf trying to grab some shrubs just as the mother was doing only that it never managed to get any. It was also walking as though it was drunk!!
Elephants are born after a twenty two months gestation period and the calfs have to learn how to use their trunks as they get older. As they age their feet also get stronger thus making them more stable and accurate as they walk around.
Head Scout’s daily report.
Reporting date: 21/11/2011.
Charles and his two guests set out on a gamedrive in the Mara bushtops conservancy. As they were watching a tower of giraffe browsing away in some thickets just infront of the camp they noticed some impala starring in the same direction. They soon drove to where the impala were and to their suprise they saw some hyaenas chasing away a young female cheetah from a fresh impala carcass. It was sad because the cheetah had hardly eaten anything. His guest were shocked to see how quick the carcass was finished.
Cheetah tend to avoid any confrotation because if they get an injury it can be fatal and may affect their hunting.
Reporting date: 10.10.2011
We watched 4 subadult cheetah hunting impalas without success. Their frustration and disappointment was evident. It was getting dark and they did not manage to make a kill. About 100M away, Ferdinand sighted a pack of wild dogs. As usual they moved fast in the bushes. They were hunting running after a herd of Impala. They managed to kill one female which they mauled and ate fast. The pack of 18 were not shy at all. We watched them eat their kill just 20M away. The pups looked very healthy.
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