Stubborn Woman, New Friends and New Housing Arrangements

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Stubborn Najin
We are happy to announce that Najin has finally permanently moved into the large 700 acre breeding area, by Sudan’s side. But it was easier said than done. It took our team about three weeks to get Najin out of the bomas and the 400 x 400 metre enclosure. She simply refused to go through the gate. The team tried everything, including coaxing her with food, planting about 50 bushes around the gate so she would feel more secure – since she seems to like thick vegetation so much – and we even tried to bring Fatu back with her, with no success. The two females showed absolutely no interest in each other!

After three weeks, on the morning of the 28th of May, she finally decided to move into the breeding area. All it took was a bit of food to convince her. She was done being a stubborn girl.

Sudan and all His Girls
Sudan has now permanently moved into the 700 acre enclosure, along with Najin and six southern white rhinos. There is one female with a calf, called Arimiet, who is showing particular interest in Sudan. But our old boy has been shy, especially if the calf is around! He will run the other way as soon as he sees the calf.

Najin is also starting to show some interest in Sudan and it is looking quite promising. He is less nervous around her. We have been taking dung samples every three days for analysis as we believe Najin is about to go into season. We are hoping for some amorous activities soon!

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Suni and Fatu
Suni and Fatu now spend the whole day together in the 400 x 400 meter area and are brought back to the boma every night. We need to make sure that Sudan and Suni have no contacts through the fence, especially at night, so this one of the reasons for putting him back in the boma in the evening. Suni and Fatu are getting along really well, but are not yet showing any interest in each other.

A Special Guest on Ol Pejeta!
Just as a fun side note, we wanted to let you know that we recently spotted an albino impala on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy. This is a very rare occurrence and we are keeping a close eye on the animal. Check out the photos below!

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Elodie Sampere

Elodie Sampéré has served as Ol Pejeta’s Head of Conservation Marketing since January 2010, but has been working with Ol Pejeta in a consultant capacity for over four years. Elodie earned a BA in Political Science and Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. Prior to joining the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elodie served as the Director of Marketing for the African Wildlife Foundation for seven years. Elodie also works for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Northern Rangelands Trust and Save the Elephants , dividing her time between all four organisations.

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