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Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Olarro - Update

Loita Hills, South Western Kenya

We have had some unexpected and delightful visitors at Olarro recently. Guests and staff alike were treated to an incredible – and for Kenya very rare – wildlife spectacle when a pack of 30 to 35 wild dogs (also known as Cape Hunting Dogs) used the woodlands surrounding the lodge as their hunting grounds. Several of the pack, which was in pursuit of an impala, followed it almost to the lodge, stopping just short of a group of lodge staff going about their early morning chores.

In total, 3 or 4 impala were taken and the dogs remained in the vicinity of the lodge waterhole for the next couple of days before moving on. The dogs looked in excellent condition and are a good indicator that Kenya’s wild dog population is coming back from near extinction.

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