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Milgis - Kudup
Two very prominent landmarks in the far Northern Frontier of Kenya are the Mathews range of Hills, and the Ndoto range of hills, mountain ranges and important water catchments for the arid desert country that surrounds them. Between these two mountain ranges lies the largest and most beautiful sand lugga of the North, fringed by tall shady Acacias, Tamarinds and wild Figs and an important tourist destination for those who like walking with, or riding camels. The lugga is dry for the greater part of the year, and is an important watering place for the pastoral Samburu people and their livestock, who dig deep wells in the sand to access ground reserves, hauling the water up in buckets and pouring it into shallow drinking troughs for their livestock. The elephants also rely on the ground water of the Milgis lugga, and as they crowd around such places that have already been excavated by humans, sometimes the sandy sides cave in under their great weight, and a baby finds itself tumbling down to the bottom, trapped beyond trunk reach of the adults who are unable to extract it. Furthermore, harassed by humans during their long distance travels during which they have to cross densely populated areas, the elephants of this region are extremely fearful of humans, and are in a hurry to quench their thirst and move on, usually under cover of darkness, unable to risk tarrying too long in order to remain with one of their number for fear of jeopardizing the survival of the entire herd. The emotional heartache of an elephant family who endures this kind of separation from a loved baby can only be imagined, but the elephants of the North are beleaguered on a daily basis. Such was the fate of little Nchan, who was one baby fortunate enough to be pulled free by tribesmen and the Milgis Trust Scouts. The Milgis Trust was set up to provide security to the wildlife and currently supports 12 ranges employed from the local Samburu community within the region. The rangers working close to the tribal Chiefs and Elders and in conjunction with the Kenya Wildlife Server and other community conservancies monitor and actively report any incidences of dustruction and poaching.