Internship at Elephant Watch Camp-Home Away from Home

Internship at Elephant Watch Camp-Home Away from Home

My Return to Kenya Hello, I’m Ellie Sutton.  I was born and raised in Scotland and I’m proud of it! But, in truth part of my heart will always lie in Kenya. I’m here now for the third time, re-living fond memories from my childhood thanks to an amazing internship at Elephant Watch Camp. It was all a bit last minute – being called upon to come to Samburu – but that was part of the adventure! With unpredictable weather between Nairobi and Mt Kenya, I was whisked off a day early on a diversion to Naivasha in the Save The Elephants Cessna 185 with Iain Douglas-Hamilton. Safe to say, it was the smallest plane I have ever boarded but by far the most thrilling! One can only truly witness the vast scale and beauty of the Kenyan landscape from the sky, painting a mountainous spectacle as far as the eye can see. It was at this moment, gazing across the never-ending horizon, that I realised I’d embarked on a once in a lifetime journey of which I could only dream. A Warm Welcome This was my first time visiting Samburu, so I was unsure what to expect and how it would compare to elsewhere in Kenya. On my arrival, there was something about the people that made me feel completely at home. Wide smiles, reassuring and joyful, made me relax at once.  But I was taken by surprise by all the tartan! Tall warriors cloaked in red Hamilton, flung with careless panache across their bead-adorned chests. There are lots of local variations too, and I’ve come to learn...
An Internship in Samburu – Meeting a Super Model

An Internship in Samburu – Meeting a Super Model

Had I been asked to look forward a year ago, living in the Kenyan bush with a supermodel, her family and the crew of Glamour US magazine is not the answer I’d have given. But that’s exactly how, in the middle of wild Samburu, an adrenaline fuelled, action packed, calm yet chaotic week of March turned out to be. Watching how photographer Nathaniel Goldberg and his dedicated team planned, shot and pulled together a collection of eclectic photographs was fascinating; seeing how the Glamour team worked endlessly, individually and as a whole, to make sure every single detail was as it should be was an insightful sneak peak into the incredibly precise world of fashion journalism. Then all coming together to dine beneath the stars at the end of each day was just a little surreal, a little magical and somewhat memorable.   ©Nathaniel Goldberg for Glamour US magazine Doutzen Kroes, a true professional, took life in the bush in her stride. Elephant Watch Camp was alive with both the buzz of the natural world and with the photo-shoot, and her beautiful family was a joy to be around. Whilst all involved thrived on the novelty of such a glamorous shoot in the middle of the bush, the wild still remained truly wild: scorpions still ascended tent walls, the wildlife still chose where and when they’d be – and if they were to be spotted – and a model on foot with only a tree between her and entire herd of wild elephants had to be taken seriously, perfectly coordinated and then, of course, photographed. Being at Elephant Watch Camp provided the...
NEWSFLASH!

NEWSFLASH!

We’re very excited and proud to announce that our leopard-lady, Saba Douglas-Hamilton, will soon be sharing some of our best stories from Samburu in theatres across the UK! Starting on April 12th and running until May 3rd 2016, her talks will be a delightful mixture of barefoot adventures and fascinating encounters with the many sentient creatures she’s studied as a wildlife filmmaker around the world.  Together with the latest scientific insights into the world of elephants, the dramatic frontline of conservation with Save the Elephants, and behind-the-scenes glimpses using clips from TV series such as This Wild Life, Big Cat Diary, and the Secret Life of Elephants, the talk is sure to bring a blast of African sunshine to your evening and is suitable for all the family! Her talks will be taking place in the following regions and cities: Southwest Home Counties Midlands Scotland Taunton Leatherhead Shrewsbury Aberdeen Salisbury London Morecambe Oban Exeter Camberley Halifax Stirling Swindon Tunbridge Wells Bathgate Venues and dates with links for direct booking can be found on her website www.sabadouglashamilton.com, or here below: 12th April    Camberley Theatre, Camberley     01276 707600 16th April    Shrewsbury Theatre, Severn Walker theatre      01743 281281 SOLD OUT! 17th April    Swindon Wyvern       01793 524 481 18th April    Exeter Corn Exchange  01392 665866 19th April    Leatherhead Theatre   01372 365141 20th April    Tunbridge Wells, Assembly Hall  01892 530613 21st April     Taunton Brewhouse 01823 283 244 22nd April    Salisbury City Hall 01722 434434 24th April    Bathgate Regal 01506 630 085  25th April    Sterling, Macrobert Arts Centre   01786 466666 26th April  ...
My Favourite Elephants

My Favourite Elephants

Nick Nichols – Samburu’s 1000 strong elephants roam freely throughout the Northern Rangelands The Save the Elephants team in Samburu can individually recognise about 1000 elephants, and have been monitoring them closely since 1997. For ease of reference each family is named after a category, like the Storms, Winds, Acacias, or Native Americans, so individuals bear names such as Tempest, Harmattan, Polyacantha or Sioux. What makes these elephants special is that they are part of one of the biggest remaining free-roaming wild elephant populations in Kenya that come in and out of the Samburu and Buffalo Springs national reserves at will, ranging vast distances across the wild frontier of the Ewaso ecosystem in the Northern Rangelands. The conservation efforts in north Kenya stand heads above other parts of Africa, because of the collaborative nature of the work that is done by the NGOs, community conservancies, game ranches, government agencies and parastatals based there.  Nothing is achieved in isolation, so for all our successes and triumphs at Save the Elephants and Elephant Watch Camp, I’d like to credit also our partners at Kenya Wildlife Service, Samburu County Government, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Northern Rangelands Trust, Ewaso Lions, Grevy Zebra Trust, Milgis Trust and the many Community Conservancies whom we have the pleasure to work with. In addition, from time to time we find orphaned or injured elephants (and other animals), and have to call upon the services of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust who unfailingly answer our cries for help by scrambling a rescue plane or immediately sending in their mobile veterinary unit. Thank you all! © STE – the beautiful Babylon, matriarch of the Biblical Towns Right! Back onto elephants. Today,...
An Internship at Elephant Watch Camp

An Internship at Elephant Watch Camp

We went into a state of frenzy. We threw down utensils we were clutching. Paint went splattering; crayons were thrown across the tent, which was left wide open as an open invitation to inquisitive monkeys, who thankfully did not notice our absence. Shoes were grabbed and shuffled on hurriedly as we ran towards the mess tent. On the other end of the phone, an excited voice had exclaimed, “the river is coming! Hurry!” We shuffled down the sandy banks to the riverbed and watched as the unstoppable water crept down the river. Our sandy playground was submerged. Our doors for the river-fairies, made from sticks and plants with vast amounts of love and detail, were covered in a flash by the long-awaited water and bubbles of froth. Warriors and camp staff joined us and we all stood elated, as the dry river was revived, revitalised and renewed. There was an air of celebration; the symbol, and cause, of a new cycle of life was here. I stood silently, watching the river fill as it trickled round our feet, until the thought we were standing on dry sand just minutes ago, seemed quite absurd. The holes dug by animals desperately seeking water were flooded as water splashed over the edges like waterfalls, until they were removed from sight completely. The river speed increased and we retracted to the banks to watch for a few moments more. Tonight, in true Samburu style, we will revel in the delight of the Ewaso Nyiro’s rushing return, on top of the sundowner hill. © Susan Molloy Susan, kuja. Every muscle in my body froze as...
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