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Sarikoki eland at Saruni
© Saruni

Check out this sequence of images that show a close encounter between a pack of 13 hungry wild dogs and a habituated eland, in the grounds of Saruni Mara in Kenya.

Guests who have stayed at Saruni Mara will remember the eland that hangs around. Some know him as Sarikoki (the ‘Leader’ in Maasai) and some as Nasujaki (‘the Follower’ in Maasai) when he was one of two eland in camp. He is beauty to look at, and he even allows humans to approach him, but when these wild dogs tried their luck, Sarikoki’s will to survive kicked in!

When faced with the cunning team work of the dogs, he aggressively pursued them one by one – frantically kicking and lashing out at all and sundry! He even butted them with his horns. He eventually chased them back into the bush away from the lodge, and returned to his favourite hang-out in the lodge grounds!

Sarikoki eland at Saruni
© Saruni
Wild dog at Saruni
© Saruni
wild dogs at Saruni
© Saruni
wild dogs at Saruni
© Saruni
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Saruni Mara Lodge

Saruni Mara is the only small, boutique lodge in the Mara, with five elegant cottages, one family villa and one private villa. The lodge is nestled in a secluded valley in the heart of the most exciting wilderness in Africa: Mara North Conservancy – an exclusive, private wildlife concession bordering the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve. Maasai warriors guide you throughout, sharing their ancient wisdom of the area and animals and their fascinating way of life.