Two male wild dogs were seen throughout the quarter, always observed by rangers from Chali Chali camp, with a few other reports from neighboring herders.
Kisaru, a female cheetah who put Enonkishu on the map after raising 6 cubs in 2019, gave birth to a second litter in September near the same site she had her first litter. She emerged from her den with 4 cubs, but the next day was found with only 3 (Figure 1).
Barikoi, a male lion may have been usurped by some younger males (Figure 2). We are anxiously awaiting to see how it plays out.
Grey crowned cranes flocked to the spring below Memusi dam in groups as large as 253 (Figure 3).
As a result of the dry season, bomas have been moved to the designated grazing block to reduce tracking (Figure 4), Eleven calves were weaned, seventeen were born, and one young heifer was killed by a lion from the Herds for Growth project.
KENTTEC team deployed insect repellent necklaces on the conservancy herd to reduce black and tsetse flies and further reduce the contraction of trypanosomiasis (Figure 5).
Tracking devices were piloted to monitor the effectiveness of the grazing plan (Figure 6)
Ranger appreciation day was held at the end of July (Figure 7).
Wild dogs made appearances three times throughout the quarter, one group of at least four in May, and another two males seen twice in June (Figure 1).
Kisaru, a female cheetah who put Enonkishu on the map after raising 6 cubs in 2019, spent the majority of the quarter in neighboring conservancies but made an appearance in our conservancy near the end of June (Figure 2).
Barikoi, a male lion leading the “Enonkishu pride” continues to remain in Enonkishu and was seen mating a lioness in mid-April (Figure 3).
Rainfall dropped throughout the quarter with only half the rainfall of Q2 2020, and Q1 2021, marking our first official dry season since 2018, and the first time the grass has dried out since then.
Thirteen calves were weaned, thirty-three were born, 16 cull cows were sold (Figure 4), and the Herds for Growth herd lost a bull due to MCF.
The vaccination of domestic animals from rabies was completed by Dr. Ezra Saitoti, who filled in the gaps of the targeted habitat of wild dogs and stretched the vaccination zone into Transmara (Figure 5).
Rangers participated in a joint patrol with neighboring conservancies, Kenya Wildlife Service, and Mara Elephant Project (Figure 6).
72% of conservancy members have signed a 15 year lease, providing passive yet stable income to their families to set aside their land for conservation and eco-tourism (Figure 7).
Road work was completed by the end of the quarter, with three new culverts and the forest road to Mara Safari Club now open (Figure 8).
Four kilometers of fenceline, funded by a generaous corporate donation to reduce human-elephant conflict, were constructed along the northern boundary of the conservancy (Figure 9).
Uniforms and torches were distributed to Enonkishu, Ol Chorro, and Lemek conservancies through a corporate CSR donation (Figure 10).
Sightings of wild dogs in Enonkishu have been frequent as our “gang of four” joined up with some males from the Pardamat pack (Figure 1).
Kisaru’s three surviving cubs separated from her on 18 October (Figure 2). Herders have reported that Kisaru gave birth to three new cubs on the northern boundary of the conservancy around 15 December. A new (to us) male cheetah has been making appearances in Enonkishu.
Adult male lion Barikoi has been seen among his typical pride of nine lions that have been sticking to Enonkishu throughout 2020 (Figure 3).
Grey Crowned crane numbers increased drastically during the quarter, as has been noticed in December of previous years (Figure 4).
Bushmeat snaring and “poaching” events have been on the rise throughout the Mara conservancies, with more tactical joint patrols and snare sweeps occurring throughout the quarter (Figure 5).
The harvesting of Olive trees from a neighbor’s land adjacent to the conservancies (Figure 6) has spurred further negotiations in protecting 800 acres.
Twelve calves were weaned and eleven calves were born to Herds for Growth and the target of 300 head by the end of the year was achieved on 26 December 2020 (Figure 8).
In early October, the team from KENTTEC returned to test our livestock for Trypanosomiasis strains (Figure 9). Herd managers switched medications and treatment plan to account for a strain we were unaware had infected the cattle.
The new Bingham ranger camp just inside Naretoi’s Safari Gate was completed in October (Figure 10).
The worst parts of the black cotton road from Safari Gate up to the Nampaso settlement was repaired with murram (Figure 11).
ESL classes for employees of the conservancy and supporting enterprises continued throughout the quarter, meeting in the Wild Shamba when the Eco camp was occupied.
A football tournament was held at Kaelo’s homestead prior to the partial return of students to school in early October (Figure 12).
Throughout the quarter, rangers from Naretoi and Enonkishu trained for the inaugural Ultra MARAthon that took place on 12 December (Figure 13).
Thank you for your continued support of Enonkishu Conservancy. Through donations from our network of supporters, the conservancy has continued to operate even without tourism revenue providing for operating costs. With a lack of tourists, there have been more incidences of resource harvesting and even crimes against wildlife, but the outpouring of support has allowed us to carry on supporting and monitoring the ecosystem and its wildlife on the northern boundary of the Maasai Mara Conservancies. With your support, the ecosystem will be intact and ready for a full recovery of the tourism industry in Kenya.
Please see the attached document which outlines some of the highlights from the third quarter of 2020. Although reports of predators are fewer with less tourist vehicles around, Enonkishu is thriving with cheetah, lion, leopard, and wild dog! We hope you can come see for yourselves once the world recovers from this crisis and it is again safe to do so.
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