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In January of 2002, shocking news reached the Kenya Wildlife service. Soon the news spread like wild fire, and in no time, the whole world was able to experience this astonishing news.


The place, The Samburu national ranch; the culprit, a lioness by the name of Kamunyak (Samburu word for ‘the blessed one’).Apparently, the lioness had developed a rather unusual behavior. For a couple of days, Kamunyak had adopted an Oryx calf(an antelope with long horns).For a period of two weeks, animal lovers as well as experts followed the lioness as it protected the young Oryx  from hungry predators. But this unusual relationship was cut short when the calf was killed by another lion.
This however did not deter the lioness. Within a few days, it had adopted another Oryx calf. At this point, the KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service) intervened and separated the two, for fear that the young Oryx could not survive.

The Samburu National Park is located 350 kilometers Northwest of Nairobi, the capital of Kenya. It’s located in the Rift valley province, stretching over an area of 165 square kilometers.

Temperatures range between 18-30 c, with hot days and cool nights. The region is mostly arid and semi-arid, usually experiencing rainfall in the months between November and April. The periods between May and October are mostly dry, making it a great time to view the numerous games that concentrates around the park’s Ewaso Ngiro River. This body of water is the main source of life for the Samburu national park’s flora and fauna

The area around the park is covered by vegetation ranging from thorny bushes, acacia and grassland.

Among the wildlife that exists in the park’s terrain includes rare species including grevy’s zebra, Somali ostrich, gerenuk, reticulated giraffe and the beisa Oryx. Other common game include cheetahs, lions, leopards, hippopotamus, buffaloes, gazelles, Impala, waterbucks as well as a host of over more than 400 bird species.

Visitors to the park can enjoy plenty of activities in and around the park. This include game drives, bird watching, camping, trekking and occasional river rifting.

 

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