I have ridden all my life. I grew up on a farm in England, and from a racing and eventing family, I had no other choice. When my own (very) amateur eventing career came to end, prior to university, I wasn’t sure what my ‘horsey’ future would entail. So ending up running a yard of 30 safari horses at Sosian in Kenya was an unexpected dream come true.
After having had some lovely rain on Sosian Ranch following a long dry season, Sean Outram, the General Manager, came across this big bull elephant determined to make the most of the water and mud that was now around.
Until recently scientists believed that there were 100-200,000 lions living in Africa, but current information suggests that the number has dropped dramatically to approximately 30,000. Most of these are in protected National Parks or managed hunting areas, but elsewhere lions are being killed at an alarming rate. Unless urgent action is taken, they may be completely wiped out from the unprotected areas lying between parks.
The Mara-Serengeti ecosystem is unique for many reasons. It supports the last great wild herds of large herbivores left on the planet. Figures and estimates vary but there are well over 1 million wildebeest and maybe 300,000 zebra that migrate in two distinct areas and 200,000 other large herbivores add to the variety. Cape buffalo, giraffe, eland, topi, hartebeest, Impala, waterbuck, warthog, and two types of gazelle are very prevalent in the Mara and migrate much less if not completely sedentary, especially in the Mara ecosystem.
Sosian Ranch is 24,000 acre property in the heart of the Laikipia, which is part of the greater 56,000 square km Ewaso ecosystem in Northern Kenya. Sosian, like many of the other properties in Laikipia, is determined to prove that livestock and wildlife are not mutually exclusive but are in fact beneficial to each other.
It is now well over 10 years ago that Tristan asked me to jump in his plane and head to Meru National Park for the weekend. Having never been to Meru I lept at the chance, grabbed a few clothes (“not too many, it’s damn hot up there” Tristan said) and off we flew.
Our head of security recently saw this old female elephant with a suspected snare on her front right leg. Thanks to the help of Matthew Mutinda, a KWS vet and Lewa Wildlife Conservancy we were able to tranquilize her and remove a 4 strand wire snare which had become embedded in her leg.