Buffalo Rescue 11-10-2017

11th October 2017,
The Successful Rescue of the Buffalo Bull

A happy ending report:

In the morning light they heard the splash, above the sound of the breeze and the dawn birds:

The Kenya Wildlife Services Unit under command of Corporal Molu Arero promptly went to check: and there he was – the large bull, shoulder deep in the rain water of the old tank!
Corporal called me:  what to do? He sent me a photo!


Deep tank, deep water, and a big heavy bull I know well.
Large worn horns, the tail chewed off by hyena, a fellow survivor:
he loves the Kuti salt lick, unbothered by elephants and tolerant of the impala gazelles.

I reported and called my old friend Dr. Mathew Mutinda, the experienced Vet of the KWS – companion of many successful Elephants rescues: he suggested a ramp and I thought of sand bags that we had.

In the drained tank the bull stood, pacing defensively, facing up, as he would do. No sand bag, no coaxing could help



.. And then, in a flash, “MBOGO ALIRUKA!”

The old gallant bull jumped out on his own – back to freedom back to his bush, to the elephants and the impala gazelles!

In the muddy bottom of the stained empty tank the tracks of his hooves told the extraordinary tale…

For continued support and protection of Ol Ari Nyiro wildlife and it’s large population of endangered elephants -and lions- thanks from the heart to the exceptional Kenya Wildlife Services Team under the able leadership of Commander Corporal Molu Arero, who I especially wish to commend.

Well done and



Kuki Gallmann
Ol Ari Nyiro
Laikipia Nature Conservancy
Laikipia West
Northern Region


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