Day 195 / 196 of chaos, violence, mayhem, shooting etc or day 318 / 319 – Sunday 23rd, Monday 24th July

Routine farm jobs all happening except for wall building as after the little bit of rain too easy for muddy rocks to slip and chances of fingers caught in the middle pretty high. Weaned some calves who are causing some noise at night and a few of them are good escape artists during the day and climb stonewalls ! Cattle still being supplemented with barley grass and ranch cubes.

Livestock still building up around us, Samburu cattle moving north from Rumuruti forest, Tugen cattle moving west from Ngobit and more Samburu cattle and small stock every day on Lombara as well as across the river near Matigari. One small herd of cattle night grazing from across the river but hopefully will realise not a habit to get used to.

Only breakages in boundary stonewall from elephant – probably over 100 now in at least two herds on the farm.

Patrol work ongoing both internally and along the boundary despite threats of violence from people outside – these have been taken seriously and a statement recorded with Police in Rumuruti

An interesting find by the Patrol team was a nest of a ‘Dikkop’ or Spotted Thick-knee, eggs are very similar to Plover eggs in colour and patterning but bigger. Birds were startled by Patrol crews who then spotted the eggs. 

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