Chui Spotting…

By Will Knocker:


On sunday afternoon  I was at the Masai Gate (which borders on the Silole Sanctuary) when the KWS ranger on duty – Jackson ole Kuyioni- looked over my shoulder down towards the brodge over the Empakasi River…”Do you want to see a chui?” he asked in Kiswahili

“Look up in the big acacia!” Can you see the leopard here?


The binoculars revealed the cat just 75 m away, listening to us chatting: suburban leopard!


Hopefully the leopard population in NNP is going up since two  of the big cats were poisoned by a new neighbour near the Sanctuary a year or two ago….

Clash of the Titans

By Will Knocker:


Two bull Black (Browse) rhinos go nose to massive nose on who’s territory this is…


Massive pachydems face off to determine who is the Boss…in the middle of the road…


We kept our distance….(have you ever been charged by a rhino?)


And watched in fascination  as the two protagonists got on with their confrontation…



Good old KWS had to spoil the show..



Visitors who had obviously NOT been charged by a rhino hoved in for a closer view & the rhinos, honour satisfied, trotted off back from the disputed border, back deeper into their territories….


Happy World Wildlife Day 3rd of March……..