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  ...
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, kuja. Every muscle in my body froze as I recognised the...
This Wild Life – A New 12 part BBC Series starting on the 31st August at 7pm on BBC2

This Wild Life – A New 12 part BBC Series starting on the 31st August at 7pm on BBC2

We’re delighted to announce that the new 12 part BBC series – This Wild Life – starring our amazing teams at Elephant Watch Camp and Save the Elephants, has hit TV screens across Europe and will soon be in the UK! It’s already been showing to great acclaim in Austria, Belgium, Germany, Norway and Turkey, and will soon be in Italy, Sweden, Romania, Israel, and China!  We hope it’ll inspire you all to come to Kenya soon to experience the open vistas, starscapes and exquisite wildlife of the northern frontier for yourselves. Excitingly, the UK broadcast is scheduled to start on the 31st August at 7pm, and will run throughout the month of September every Monday and Tuesday evening on BBC2.  So just as the kids go back to school, there’s somewhere marvelous to escape to on the telly! Filmed in the wild frontier of Samburu National Reserve, This Wild Life captures the humour, passion, beauty and heartache of what it’s like for a young couple with small children to live in the bush running a high-end safari camp. Amidst a fascinating array of nomadic tribes in an endless, open landscape, Saba Douglas-Hamilton and Frank Pope work around the clock, with a team of irresistible Samburu warriors, to enchant their guests with the beauty of the wild world, and meet the challenges of seasonal floods, monkeys running havoc in the kitchen, and some very territorial bull elephants, head on! We hope you’ll enjoy this light-hearted behind-the-scenes glimpse of life in Samburu, and we encourage you all to come and experience this “wild life” first hand at Elephant Watch Camp! Watch...
Bill and Chelsea Clinton’s Visit to Save the Elephants

Bill and Chelsea Clinton’s Visit to Save the Elephants

IT WAS JUST ANOTHER WONDERFUL WEEK IN KENYA! Dear Friends and Family, It has been quite a month, but with the coming of the rains everything changed. Within days the dry earth turned into a carpet of green grass, wild flowers adorned the bushes and shrubs, and just as fast, news of big events was being carefully organised. From tortoises and little mud terrapins suddenly emerging from their hiding places to the new water holes, to the great musth elephant bulls showing off their high testosterone levels, splashing all with mud and ready to fight and mate. Everywhere something seemed to be on a race to reproduce…and even the birds songs were clear as a note in a chapel. Activities at Save the Elephants Research Centre looked as if a wedding was about to take place – as wall after wall came alive with images and information and multiple birds nest hung from the ceiling. Elephant movements were monitored daily as big mud slinging activities took place among family after family sliding and wallowing in the delicious mud pools, even spraying some of our advance team guests with mud. I hoped the little terrapins got out fast. Would we be able to get ready for the day. The camp is now open, a cool wind blows, the river flows, and wake up call drifts down from the trees at dawn, a serenade of bird song dawn with a cup of hot organic coffee trees…sunlight pierces through the nests and a great sense of peace takes over…one barely dares to speak. For over two months I worked and planned secretly...
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