Samburu National Reserve is situated on the banks of the Ewaso Ngiro River in the dry northern Kenya. The river Uaso Nyiro is the lifeline and the nerve center of this Reserve and is bustling with a huge population of crocodiles. It can be entered via the Ngare Mare and Buffalo Springs gates. Once inside the reserve, there are two mountains visible: Koitogor and Ololokwe.
All three big cats, lion, cheetah and leopard, can be found here, as well as elephants, buffalos and hippos. Also frequently seen in the park are gerenuk, Grant's gazelle, Kirk's Dik-dik, impala, waterbuck, Grevy's Zebra, Beisa Oryx and Reticulated giraffe. Rhinos are no longer present in the park due to heavy poaching. There are over 350 species of bird. These include Somali ostrich, kingfisher, sunbird, bee-eater, Marabou stork, tawny eagle, bateleur, guinea fowl and vultures.
The Samburu people are related to the Masai and are semi-nomadic farmers whose livelihood depends on their cows, sheep, goats, and camels. Milk is their main stay; sometimes it is mixed with blood. Meat is only eaten on special occasions. Generally they make soups from roots and barks and eat vegetables if living in an area where they can be grown. Most dress in very traditional clothing of bright red material used like a skirt and multi-beaded necklaces, bracelets and earrings.
Samburu National Reserve was one of the two areas in which conservationists George and Joy Adamson raised Elsa the Lioness.
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