In Kenya, traditional handcrafts meet conservation

beads beads and more beads…

the Northern Rangelands Trust is not just about wild animals…although the area has successful populations of iconic African Wild Dogs, and rhino, but about community projects and empowerment. Look at the gorgeous craft produced by these Samburu women…

In Kenya, traditional handcrafts meet conservation.

Samburu artisans working and sharing a gossip in Sera Conservancy, Northern Kenya. (Photograph by Erin Moroney)

Samburu artisans working and sharing a gossip in Sera Conservancy, Northern Kenya. (Photograph by Erin Moroney)

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Zimbabwe Wild Dogs, Dressed for Success!

African Wildlife Conservation Fund….Dressed for Success!

Ezekia and Anesu, our proud and excited community education officers.

Ezekia and Anesu, our proud and excited community education officers.

Have a look at our revamped vehicle for our Gonarezhou Predator Project education team. Taking wildlife to the people!

elephants, community and chilojo cliffs...

elephants, community and chilojo cliffs…

Not only is the vehicle fun and exciting for the children, but it depicts much of the local wildlife from Gonarezhou National Park, including the iconic Chilojo Cliffs. Ezekia and Anesu, our community education officers for the project, are definitely going to draw the crowds in as they move through the communities, and as such, have plenty of opportunity to educate, empower, and encourage the local people to help conserve!

read the link below for more AWCF news………

Zimbabwe Wild Dogs.

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Edward Ndiritu Honoured with Wildlife Ranger Award | Northern Rangelands Trust

Edward Ndiritu Honoured with Wildlife Ranger Award | Northern Rangelands Trust.

Edward Ndiritu

Edward Ndiritu

The Northern Rangelands Trust was established in 2004.

WhatisNRT

 

Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies which transform people’s lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources.

PLUS, More NRT news:

On Sunday 26th July, NRT Chief Programmes Officer Tom Lalampaa opened the discussion on wildlife trafficking in a Civil Society meeting with US President Barack Obama in Nairobi. President Obama arrived in Kenya on Friday 24th July for a busy weekend that included the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

Tom stated that “Getting conservation to drive peace and conflict resolution in northern Kenya… has been possible by the support of the US Government through USAID” and urged President Obama to help crush the demand for ivory internationally. USAID are one of NRT’s biggest supporters.

Tom must be the only Samburu to have met and addressed HRH The Duke of Cambridge and US President Barack Obama in the space of a few months! Tom was in London in May to celebrate the Tusk Trust’s 25th anniversary, of which the Duke of Cambridge is a patron.

Tom Lalampaa and Prince William at Windsor Castle

Tom Lalampaa and Prince William at Windsor Castle

Tom is a Samburu from the West Gate Community Conservancy. While he could have followed in the pastoralist footsteps of his family and neighbours, it was with the support of his entire community that he completed his schooling and went on to receive a BA in social work and an MBA in strategic management at the University of Nairobi. Tom has ten years’ management experience gained from working with community-based organizations in Kenya and brings invaluable experience and skills to the Trust with his background in community development, conservancy management and fundraising. He was appointed as Community Development Assistant for NRT in April 2006, and since then has won the trust and respect of countless members of the diverse communities he works with. In September 2013, Tom was awarded the Tusk Conservation Award by the Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony in London, which recognised his outstanding contribution to northern Kenya’s communities and wildlife. Clive Stockil won the Prince William Award for a Lifetime of dedication to Conservation at the same time.

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Mahove Camp, and the Junction are spectacular wilderness areas to explore from Chilo Gorge Lodge,

The trip across the Save River from Chilo Gorge Lodge and and into Gonarezhou is always exciting…

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with fabulous water birds to be spotted on the sand, such as this little Pratincole……

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and many vultures still to be seen…thank goodness…Vultures generally are threatened world wide, so we treasure sightings such as this…

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Birdlife Zimbabwe are a dynamic force for the good of Zimbabwe’s and Southern Africa’s Birds….here is their recent poster..

Birdlife Zimbabwe Vulture Poster

Birdlife Zimbabwe Vulture Poster

Clive Stockil is now President of Birdlife Zimbabwe, committed as ever to the bigger picture of Conservation!

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As so rightly said, keeping “common birds common!”… well done Birdlife Zimbabwe!

Here is Clive’s photo of a Lilac Breasted Roller, a commoner for us at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge,  but sooooo beautiful….

lilac breasted roller

lilac breasted roller

Safari vehicles from Chilo are into adventure as soon as they ford the great Save River, the contact zone between striking tri-coloured Nguni  cattle…

Nguni cattle

Nguni cattle

and numerous elephant herds…

elephants in the dust

elephants in the dust

with  the lure of the wilderness promising African Buffalo, complete with Ox Peckers….

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Majestic kudus…

kudu bull

kudu bull

a posing klipspringer…

klipspringer

klipspringer

and of course many many elephants, such as this gentle giant. Cows who are protecting babies tend to be less relaxed, but we are finding that they are becoming more and more approachable as they get used to increased tourism traffic….

gentle giant

gentle giant

sadly, these giants are eating away at those other giants of Gonarezhou, the baobabs, which are such icons in this park.

double baobab

double baobab

In one season elephants can destroy a thousand year old monster with ease….

elephant damage

elephant damage

The pan systems around the Junction area host amazing numbers of diverse waterbirds at any time of year, as long as water remains, and Clive delights in the “Garden of Eden “as he calls it…

garden of eden

garden of eden

After a glorious drive through the park we head back to the banks of the Save for a well deserved sundowner, hosted by Lionel Muzengi, learner guide…

Lionel at Sundown with guests

Lionel at Sundown with guests

Snacks galore….

yummy...

yummy…

to be enjoyed around the attractive campfire created by Lionel and the Chilo team…

pretty campfire

pretty campfire

Lionel admires the view while guests investigate the scenery and relax…

fire and Lionel

fire and Lionel

A magnificent log provides instant drama..

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and I take my glass of wine to do a photoshoot  as the sun sets…

Full moon, wine and poop...

Full moon, wine and poop…

when we leave the sand bank, a full and gorgeous moon lights our way…

full moon on the Save River

full moon on the Save River

and back at the lodge dinner awaits, under the stars…

a busy evening at the lodge

a busy evening at the lodge

I get up really early the next morning to catch the full moon sinking to the horizon, an ethereal experience…………

full moon setting through the rails

full moon setting through the rails

framing our resident hippos in its light…

full moon setting

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Elephants, Sabi Stars and Aloes go well together in the garden at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge…..

Over the last weeks our young bulls have been munching trees nightly around the rooms, looking down their long trunks at me in disdain as I try to shoo them away…

naughty bull....

naughty bull….

……..and for the last few nights at Chilo, two of them have raided the gardens right outside the main reception area. These gentle but naughty bull giants are youngsters, part of a group of seven who regard the lodge as safe haven and yummy food take away…..Luckily they don’t partake of the gorgeous Sabi Stars at the entrance to the lodge!

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Entrance

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Entrance

their latest pruning effort involved stomping all over my bird watching garden, to get at the delicious Albizia trees above…and in the process they “sat”on my special birdwatching bench (constructed to an Aldo Leopold template), tilting it madly and leaving calling card droppings as free manure….Aldo would have been impressed……

Elephants prune the bird garden....

Elephants prune the bird garden….

Luckily the Sabi Stars in the gardens seem unpalatable to these naughty boys….

pink and cobalt

pink and cobalt

Sabi Stars and cobalt sky...

Sabi Stars and cobalt sky…

Surviving to set fly-away seeds for next season…..

Sabi Star seeds

Sabi Star seeds

Our elephant control now consists of a string tied with streamers of plastic, which gets stretched around the gardens nightly. This will work for a while, but if you were an elephant would a string stop you from getting to your favourite snack?! I don’t think so…..

elephant control!

elephant control!

Kiana Milner, Anton’s niece, all of four years old, and, together with my grand-daughters Jade and Rayne, set to be one of the three little flower girls for Kelli Barker and Anton Milner’s wedding at Chilo in November, has this advice for me:

.”put your plants in a vase and put them in the house, so the elephants can’t get them!”

As Anton’s Mum, (Kiana’s Granny), Jackie says, “out of the mouth of a babe….”

Jackie and Kiana

Jackie and Kiana

For my previous blog on the engagement of Kelli and Anton, please visit https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/flowers-fit-for-a-wedding-indeed-an-announcement-has-been-made/

Meanwhile the front gardens of the lodge are ablaze with pink and orange, my favourite colour combo at this time of year…

looking down the Save River from Chilo Gorge Lodge

looking down the Save River from Chilo Gorge Lodge

I wish Kelli could share this with me, such beauty, especially this, the week of her birthday, which she is celebrating far away, without any family or Anton…

They continue to sail their separate oceans, she in Alsaka and he in the Caribbean.

To keep my mind busy, and to try not to miss Kelli and Anton too much, (apart from the hectic challenge of preparing for their wedding at Chilo in November!), I must focus and put paint to canvas…

colour, colour galore

colour, colour galore

here is one of the paintings I will display for the Art Escape…

Aloe arborescens, acrylic on stretched canvas, 100 x 130 cm

Aloe arborescens, acrylic on stretched canvas, 100 x 130 cm

my  “Colourburst” exhibition that I am doing at Inn on the Vumba with friend Gordon Addams soon….!

Art Escape at Inn on the Vumba....exciting!

Art Escape at Inn on the Vumba….exciting!

I am keen to catch these colours…..

Aloe chabaudii

Aloe chabaudii

We will host guests at a full weekend of Art, Vumba landscapes and flowers, and good wines, including yummy Painted Wolf Wines of course….

Gordon enjoys a glass of wine....

Gordon enjoys a glass of wine….

So, the views at Chilo are a real inspiration, and it is apt that I am painting here since the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is part of Best of Zimbabwe group, mentored by Gordon…

(If only the elephants don’t get to the plants before I paint them….)

chabaudii colours

chabaudii colours

stunning Sabi Stars are impossible pinks against the lovely Chilo lodge architecture…

Adenium multiflorum

Adenium multiflorum

Visit my Lin Barrie Art Page for updates on my latest work….

My partner Clive Stockil muses on the meaning of life in the aloe garden….

Clive bird-watching in the aloe garden...

Clive bird-watching in the aloe garden…

(actually, while surrounded by at least six stunning Scarlet chested male sunbirds and their dowdy wives in the aloes, Clive has just watched a fish eagle soar over us, to drop into the Save River and haul out a pan sized bream!)

Hungwe, the Fish Eagle..

Hungwe, the Fish Eagle..

Birds galore at Chilo Gorge…

scarlet chested sunbird

scarlet chested sunbird

visit the Chilo Gorge facebook page for more lovely bird photos…

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The local community take action again to help save painted dog’s – linbarrie@gmail.com – Gmail

The local community take action again to help save painted dog’s – linbarrie@gmail.com – Gmail.

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Of Elephants, Wild Dogs and Full Moons, Good friends, Venus and Jupiter…..

A full moon rising tonight…and the close,  very close, proximity of Venus and Jupiter will be spectacular… hanging over the deck at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, where Clive and I are at the moment. We have just come from Senuko where the Nyarushanga Pack have denned and I have been delighted with being able to be close to my favourite African wild dogs again, and to share them with good friends Alastair Pole and Neil Birnie, our granddaughters and staff… special sightings indeed…here are some of Al’s photos:

Mase- white as milk

Mase- white as milk

Look at this gorgeous photo of “Mase” , a  young male dog whom I have named so because he is as white as milk….

Mase poses...

Mase poses…

Such a beautiful boy…..

Mase- portrait

Mase- portrait

Pups are apparent at the den- we can hear them but not see them, carefully shielded from view by the clever Alpha female…they are still only a few weeks old… With the full moon growing, I have noticed again this year that the dogs hunt very late from their den, with a waxing fullish moon, relying on the bright moonlight to enable to hunt far and fast in the cool of the night…

thinking wild dogs….soon we will host a Wine and Wild Dog weekend at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge- with African Wildlife Consrvation Fund and Jeremy Borg of Painted Wolf Wines…see my blog at:

https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/wine-and-wild-dog-weekend-great-tastes-and-conservation-at-chilo-gorge-safari-lodge/

Wonder what the Wild Dog packs in the Save Valley Conservancy and Gonarezhou  will think of gorgeous Jupiter and Venus?!….will they and the elephants notice the changing configurations of stellar bodies? The answers might surprise us… This imaginary artwork shows the close-up beauty of both Jupiter and Venus, two bright naked-eye planets that will be visible close together in the skies this week. 01venusjupiter.adapt.1190.1 Last night under that spectacular sky, a naughty bull elephant trampled the garden bed round room 10 last night- and I woke up to hear him chewing! Went to the balcony and growled at him, then he walked to my door, still chewing – so I went to the door and saw the Sabi Star he had just bumped over- grrrrr….I told him how bad he was, beautiful tusks gleaming silver above me in the nearly-full moonlight, and he just lifted his trunk gently in the air to smell me, then walked casually and delicately down the narrow path to the garden tap where he sipped from the drips- before melting away! Gorgeous……Chilo Gorge Lodge truly is Elephant Paradise…

Elephant in the moonlight....

Elephant in the moonlight….

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