Segera Retreat - May 2015

May 1, 2015 Segera Retreat
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Game viewing
The game viewing at Segera continues to get better and better. During May, we enjoyed some wonderful moments with elephants and we also saw cheetah in the Greater Segera area again. It’s clear that, just a few years into the Segera project, wildlife is returning to an area previously rendered inhospitable by human activities.
Elephant at Segera Retreat, Kenya

Kenya of course is best known as a safari destination, and Segera can proudly be part of such illustrious company as a destination that offers excellent game viewing – in addition to the many other unique aspects that make the Segera experience the ultimate encounter with all the very best that East Africa has to offer.

Segera Patas monkeys
Segera and the Zeitz Foundation have embarked on an exciting project to help save the vulnerable Patas monkey. Patas monkeys are attractive yellow-gold inhabitants of grassland and woodland savannahs, widely distributed across Africa between the Sahara and the tropical rainforests of Senegal and Ethiopia. The eastern subspecies, however, occurs only in Kenya, western Ethiopia and north Tanzania and is not common. It feed on whistling thorn and faces habitat loss due to agricultural expansion and charcoal burning.

Segera's monitoring patrols have identified Patas monkey troops around Segera and the neighbouring communal areas that share their range with Segera. However, due to the dominance of cattle and the lack of rainwater in the area, these monkeys have become dependent on farmers’ water troughs to survive.
Patas monkey at Segere Retreat, Kenya

The Patas conservation unit consists of two permanent rangers in the field, James and Charles, who patrol and monitor the territory of our resident troop. The troop currently consists of one alpha male, one dominant female, seven additional females and six youngsters aged between six months and two years. Segera guests have the opportunity to join a Patas monkey foot patrol and contribute to this important wildlife conservation initiative.

Did you know…? Patas monkeys cover up to 12 km a day, foraging on flowers, tree gum, seeds, young leaves, fruits, insects and small vertebrates. Each individual Patas sleeps in a separate tree and they will not sleep in the same area for more than two days. Patas are the fastest of the primates and reaching top speeds of 56km/h (35 mph). When they sense danger they often prefer running away across the ground climbing trees, in contrast to many other primate species.

4CTV Video Clip ‘Protection of Patas Monkey’: https://vimeo.com/97900562

Satubo beading women
The SATUBO women’s group workshop is nearing completion and we are excited for the ladies. They are moving from working under the baking sun to a cool and airy place of their own. The workshop has been made possible through a generous partnership of the Australian Direct Aid Programme, Segera Retreat and Zeitz Foundation. Perhaps more important is the fact that the women themselves bought the land on which the workshop is being built. We love this approach because it is hand up rather than a hand out, and gives the women a very tangible sense of achievement!

By transforming the age-old tradition of beading and handicraft into a financially viable enterprise, the SATUBO Beading Group – made up of women from the local Samburu, Turkana and Borana tribes (hence the name) – is empowering women and improving lives.

Satubo beading woman at Segera Retreat, Kenya

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