When camps close for the season it is not just a close season for staff, it is a period away from the animals, many that guides and guests have grown attached to. Throughout the year we answer countless questions from people wanting to know the whereabouts and welfare of their favourites. For many – they tell us this too – Spot (obviously everyone reads it as well as gazing at the pictures…) is like leafing through a family album.
The currency is hardened when the subjects have young. Take Nelangu, queen of Mara North. Many followed these cubs’ progress throughout the late autumn and spring. When the canvas was closed at the end of March she was sadly down to just one.
Concerns were raised as neither mother nor young had been spotted this season, that is until Saruni, Jimmy and the rest of the KMC clan (David, George & Peter) put that right this week. On rich grass leavened by late wet season downpours, this dappled priceless pair put on a late matinee for almost two hours.
But what he really loves is the month of June. There is something about this first month of the season, with its afternoon leavening showers that transport the grasses and bushes to new found levels of verdance and fecundity
They both look in very good health, some of their admirers have been watching mum for twelve years, she really is part of the family …. the Kicheche family.