Bush Drums April 2003

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Bush Drums April 2003

Believe it or not:

This just in from the University of Cambridge:

Scientist there now believe that we may be closer related to the AARDVARK than was previously supposed.

Bet you never thought of this nocturnal creature? But according to the Cambridge boffins, we share a great many more chromosomes with the long nosed ant-eating Aadvark than with other mammals.

Anybody with a genetic memory out there ??

Kenya

Mount Kenya

There is nothing better than that feeling of being “on top of the world”. On your way through the area, why not plan to have a picnic on majestic Mount Kenya.

There are several tracks leading up to the moorlands just under the peaks. One is the Naro Moru track. From the village of Naro Moru you can drive up to the Met. Station and take a 1 to 2 hour walk from there. The other is the Sirimon track off the main road Nanyuki to Timau.

Both tracks get you up into the Mount Kenya National Park. The Forest is pristine. This is where the mighty Elephant and Buffalo roam, Leopard may be watching you unaware. The track is bordered by ravines interlaced with streams.

Once on the moorlands, the views are awesome, you can see to the “end of the world.”

This is a perfect spot to sit and feast your eyes. Have a glass of Champagne to celebrate the feeling.

Most Tour companies will be able to arrange this for you, or equipped with a map and a 4WD you can easily do so yourself. The best time for perfect views of the snowcapped peaks and valleys beyond is the early morning.

Expect to pay the National Park entrance fee in cash at the gate.

As on any safari, you should carry extra water, a first aid kit and jackets in case the weather turns.

You would be well advised not to wander off the main track. The forest is dense like a jungle and quickly swallows you up to lose your way.

Elephants: Getting Smarter?

Elephant illustration

This latest news just in from the wardens at the Shimba Hills Game reserve in Kenya:

For some years now the electric fence there has prevented Elephants to wander into private property adjacent to the park. According to the Deputy Game Warden “Elephants have become experts at breaking the fence. They use their tusks to break the wire under Power, or hurl logs against it until it will break and they could flatten the fence without a shock.”

500 students watched terrified as the invading “students” threatened to storm the schoolhouse. They were saved by the brave men of the Kenya Wildlife Service who managed to drive the herd back to the forest. Maybe we need to think about schools for the Elephants?

Our Very Special Thank You Goes To:

Jeanne Stewart, long time Orphanage supporter

John Eames Talented editor

Chislaine Champoux of Quebec, Canada, our very first subscriber

Mount Kenya Wildlife Conservancy