We are writing today about our guide and friend Boniface Tupunyua. If you have been on safari with Boniface you will know all about his enthusiasm, fun spirit and his infectious laugh. Boniface has been guiding for Karisia since its inception and he is among the elders within the company that everyone listens to, trusts and respects. It was Boniface who saved our tracker Shillingi from a lioness who had mauled him. It was Boniface who adopted a homeless Turkana boy he met in Maralal town, bringing him home and raising him as his own.
In February of this year, Boniface was sadly diagnosed with Bone Marrow Cancer. It was devastating news to all of us but Boniface braved his treatment with the same positive resolve that he applies to every other aspect of his life. Donations towards Boniface’s care came from every level of our employed staff and among our neighboring local community. Many people who could not donate cash gave goats instead. His treatment in Nairobi at one of the best Cancer Hospitals on the continent was not insubstantial and besides our own contribution Boniface received huge help from the Anthony family whom he had guided on several trips.
Today Boniface is home and is making huge progress towards total recovery. In the meantime though the education of his kids remains a huge priority. It is also somewhat of a stress since he is no longer earning the income that he could while guiding. And so we write to appeal to you to consider making a small donation towards the continued education of three of Boniface’s exceptional kids. It would be super to keep these great kids going with their studies. Thank you for your consideration and for anything you might be able to contribute. All ready, Boniface has very kindly received enough help for one term from Yvonne Forsen, Robin Johnson and several other friends. Here is a link to a fundraising site that we set up for Boniface. We will be managing all donations and paying the money directly to the schools.
Our dear friend Chiri Chiri was sadly killed last week defending his boma from an attacking Leopard. The cat took 13 goats that night and brave Chiri went in to protect his flock. With one strike the Leopard put poor old Chiri down. To his yelps came another dog from the neighboring manyatta and that dog too was killed by the cat.
We always spoke about Chiri as the smartest dog in Africa because he would cross through miles and miles of lion and leopard country alone to come and see us. We would feed him a bit and give him any vet care should he need then he would say goodbye and return to a myriad of girlfriends back on the group ranch.
Chiri was a real hero and when Pirjo Itkonen, a reader of wildlifedirect came out to visit us Chiri stood guard outside her tent when lions were roaring close by. Pirjo was kind enough to leave Chiri with a food allowance when she left.
Anyway, Chiri we will miss you. rest in peace old friend. Below is a picture of Chiri and below that a picture of the Leopard that most likely got him ( we took it only day later not far from where Chriri was killed).
Not too long back we hosted a very nice Dr. and his son on a walking safari. Tim, who works at a hospital in the UK brought a great bag of surgical instruments for us to distribute.
In the states and most first world countries these instruments are these days disposable – A sad commentary when so much of the rest of world go without these critical tools for health care. After boiling all the instruments for a good half hour we gave a large set to the Mpala Health Outreach Clinic pictured below. The mobile clinic helps people in our area who have no access to proper health care as well as HIV/Aids education and Family planning.
We at Tumaren would like to take this opportunity to present Theresa S with an emerald,, An emerald with legs that is.. We are very grateful for your donation Theresa and your help will go a long way toward conservation on the adjacent community land to Tumaren – We specifically want to do some snare patrolling. many thanks, jamie and kerry.
PS look at his underside!
The elephants are back in large numbers and a week ago a group of them charged through our camel herd dispersing the camels in every direction. Then the rain came and our rangers couldn’t track them. They recovered half the herd but the other half ended up spending the night out. The next day all were recovered except one, a lttle brown one. Unfortunately, little brown has gone to heaven and the local lion pride is feeling very satisfied with themselves.
Allison and Art Daily, two guests that we had on a camel safari were kind enough to bring a large bag of school supplies and 2 beautiful footballs that we delivered recently to our local primary school.