A little rain makes all the difference

Wed, 2009-12-23 11:30 by ssayialel
Green vegetation at Elerai Part of the group feeding in the swamp

For many months now Elephant observation has been few with groups not exceeding more than fifteen individuals. More often than not we have been recording single Elephants even calves ranging from three and a half to five years old. The few that are seen are skinny, dull, weak and slowly dragging themselves desperately in search for food.

So far we haven’t received adequate rainfall but it has been raining outside the park where our scouts have been recording elephant sighting. So now at least there is a glimmer of hope for the few that have survived the drought. We hope it will continue raining.

Yesterday, Norah and I were pleased to see calves playing and adults trumpeting. We counted seven families accompanied by six bulls and they were all 55 in total. Two out of the six bulls were in musth although none of the females seemed to be in oestrous. It has been quite awhile since we saw elephants this happy which has always been an amazing experience.

Thank you

Wed, 2009-12-23 22:00 by Donna

Soila. That sure makes me feel better about the elephants. Now if Amboseli would just have a good soaker. Have a good holiday!

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