What a great night-I returned to my Tsavene house yesterday from Chilo Gorge lodge, to pick up Dad, a load of plants and many bags of elephant poop that I have collected from our waterhole for the Chilo Gardens…! We will return to Chilo today to begin the long process of re-vitalising the gardens.
A herd of 300 buffalo came through in the early evening, drinking and snorting at our waterhole, and, as expected, they were followed by the lions and hyenas! I lay in bed until 4. 30 am listening , then as the roaring and yodelling increased, I happily got up to come and investigate-can not see anything at the waterhole now-it is just getting light, but the cats are calling CLOSE by-females by the sound of them….what an inspiring sound to have drifting in the windows as I update my blog and drink tea. Very special.
I wonder if Graham and Jane, two visitors at Senuko lodge, in Africa for the first time, can hear them….
The three hundred buffalo have headed off, away from the pesky lions…maybe as soon as it is light I will collect some buffalo poop with our two gardeners, but judging by the close calls of the lions, perhaps I will leave that collection for another, cat-less day….
Elephant poop is very mild, great mulch and fibre-so I mix it with all my soils, it never burns the plants as other, stronger dung might do. I would never unnecessarily remove dung from the environment, but around our waterhole we often have up to three successive groups of elephants following each other in a single night, each group being over 30 animals-lots of poop to spare.
Seems like other have found the same great use for it…