Day 365 +/- 8 weeks -Sunday 5th Nov

After pretty much a week of relative peace and quiet and no illegal grazing and life slowly getting back to farm routines of wall building, fence repair, road works and bush clearing –

On the morning of Monday 30th the patrol teams picked up evidence of cattle coming In overnight. Plans were made to do extra patrolling and the NPR and security teams were in place to catch any cattle likely to come in again on Monday night. Sure enough they did- but earlier than expected and in broad daylight which made things easier for us. The herder pushing the cattle in realised at the last minute that he was being watched and abandoned his cattle who continued on their way in. They were impounded and brought into the yards waiting for the owners to appear on Tuesday and Wednesday to pay a fine – every time you impound cattle it’s the same long story that the cattle got lost but eventually the offense is admitted and the fine paid and cattle released and escorted back off the farm. Some serious reinforcement of the stonewall where the cattle came through from our boundary with Lombara has been done and since then no more incidences for almost a week.

Lots of incidences of stock theft in areas all around us, luckily quick work by neighbours, NPR’s and Police and stock has been recovered.

Wildlife causing us a headache now !! Elephants still here in big numbers, doing more damage to the Eucalyptus plantations as well as the indigenous trees and go out crop raiding at night which is extremely tough for the small holders. Hopefully they will soon move back to more elephant friendly areas but feel safe here for now.

Lions seem to have also decided this area is safe too which is another worry along with the elephants. A lion, lioness and 6 Cubs have been seen. A few days ago they managed to catch and kill one of the calfs in one of the Boran stud herds and today a young steer. KWS have been informed and will hopefully come and trap the animals for relocation back into more wildlife friendly areas.

On top of these 2 issues – we’re still having cases of ECF – predominately carried by buffalo and now putting all the cattle through the spray race every 4 days which is almost doubling the costs but hopefully kill the ticks and stop the losses – One of our bulls died on Friday and a heifer  on Saturday !




Updates from Lorien community – 5th Nov

Residents on Lorien, which joins Kifuku on a corner on our southern boundary are coming up against problems from elephants crop raiding into their farms now that the maize is beginning to ripen.

The community has managed to raise funds to begin construction on an 11.5 section of fence which will hopefully reduce the challenge and enable them to get a harvest this year. The money has mostly been raised from within the community with each household contributing 2750/- towards the materials and the work on the ground by the community members.

In previous years the crop raiding was minimal as that section of our boundary was part of the Laikipia West Elephant Fence and Kifuku had increased the Energizers and maintained the fence at a consistently high standard and any elephants that broke into Kifuku from ADC or Lombara usually stayed on Kifuku for a few days before moving back onto ADC and further afield.

While Kifuku was caught up in the chaos and at the height of the insecurity and invasion in January onwards our boundary fence was destroyed, energizer houses destroyed, Energizers battery’s and solar panels stolen, posts dug out or destroyed and kilometres of wire stolen. This wasn’t only done by the illegal ‘herders’ also by opportunistic neighbours who cashed in on the chaos.

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Sosian Ranch – 2nd Nov

Just received from Sosian-

Today a joint effort by community NPR from Thome, Kinamba and ranch NPR from Ol Maisor, Mpala,Sosian managed to recover 57 goats which had been stolen from the Chongoti community on the 31st October by four armed men. Two days of following tracks resulted in the recovery and the owners have their livestock back . The animals were being pushed through Mpala ranch when they were recovered. A good result by Laikipians who are tired of constant losses of livestock and property.

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Mugie Ranch – 29th October

Just received from Mugie –

All going well here at Mugie, in the last 36hrs we have not had a single illegal grazer on the property, let’s hope things continue to be like that.

We have had thousands and thousands of cows out on our east boundary the last few days, mostly claiming to be heading back to Samburu and Isiolo.

Sadly a call came in about an elephant who died between LNC and Mugie, we were fortunate enough to secure the Ivory before some one else picked it up.