Mara Naboisho Wildlife Update; February 2018
After the heavy rainfall in January, February was followed by a series of dry days but towards the end of the month, there were a few rainstorms. The rains filled up most of the water holes which was good news for the wildlife.
There have been very good concentrations of wildlife, with large numbers of lions and cheetah being sighted. The conservancy rangers have also recorded excellent sightings of leopard throughout the month. On several occasions, one female leopard with her 2 cubs was reported to have been seen during game drives. The leopard must have come back to Enron on ranger post area. A male leopard was also reported to be seen close to Encounter Mara.
On a rather fortunate incident, an abandoned baby elephant was spotted by the game rangers in Ndorobo lugga near Olseki airstrip. The rangers reported to MEP and because there was a herd of elephant nearby they made an effort to reunite the elephant with the herd. At first, the heard was not friendly to her, but the baby kept following them, later in the evening they began tolerating with her and it is since hoped she was found her new home.
The conservancy has also welcomed thirteen new rangers to help protect the conservancy resources after the completion of two new ranger bases. Conservancy rangers play a crucial role in the protection and preservation of wildlife in Naboisho. The new rangers are all well trained and equipped with the necessary skills needed in wildlife conservation and management, anti-poaching operations as well as good governance practices and natural resources management skills.
The report was compiled by Benson Seiya- Manager, Mara Naboisho Conservancy.