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Please protect my horses from further Lion attacks
£2,020 raised
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Rockets wound from Second attack. she jumped out of the farm over 1.40m hedge to escape the lion. ecovery is happening slowly with good care my precious rocket having a lesson with Kasmira a few months ago The lion trap being put in place on our land..the horses grazing field The wildlife service having tried to track the lion Lion print. Hes huge! We have had many prints! Our horses are a therapy for many in our community Rocket Teaching Malaika the basics Freddie aged four comes into the yard on Bahati our self acclaimed equine herd, lion guard Maiyan giving Freddie some love and tlc. Kids lesson in Farriery at Altitude Thanks for for listening to my appeal.Come visit anytime and see what altitude is all about when you can!

brando a few days before the attack seen here camel stalking! The big  lion claw wound to Brandos bum 1st attack Horses only happy to live in the garden, Brando going into shock after the second attack After 2nd attack we had 2 days of hell with Brando getting colic and  eventually losing him. everyone gave him round the clock care but ...

Hello there, 

FB; Wizzy Doyne-Ditmas. Also FB; Altitude Horseriding.

My Name is Wizzy and I  live and work at the foothills of Mount Kenya. Many would be envious of the lifestyle, however it is equally challenging to live and earn here... just as it is amazing.

My story is one that some may find hard to take in....

Living only 10km from a town but with a rogue lion about... has turned life upside down since Sept 15th, the date of my first attack. The horses in my care have been targeted by said big cat and our small base visited by him at least half a dozen times.

We have been attacked twice, lost one horse and have two more  injured, one badly.

It is very unusual to have a lion in our area and the authorities are trying hard to capture him and relocate him(there is a trap in place on the smallholding) However it can be very difficult to achieve and even if they do so we have no idea how many weeks or months that will take. Meanwhile we must do the best we can to protect the horses from him. Easier said than done and actually as we have found out very costly. Locally based compensation is a dream rather than a reality, and hence this honest appeal.

I am trying to raise funds to help pay the considerable vets bills, health products bought to support the vets work and the horses healing, plus cover some of the cost of turning my base into 'lion free zone' with a secure yard and cleared bush surrounding us.  I would also love to at least partially compensate my friend for the kind loan of her horse who died as a result of this ordeal. I realise money can't replace him but.

My cashflow  just cannot cope with all if this in such urgency and any way in turn it has affected my income for the time being.      In some ways I know I am very lucky to live where I do, but I am by no means financially well off.

The horses are all lent by super people for the purpose of me teaching others to ride. This is how I try to make my living here in Kenya. I could not possibly purchase horses, so I am very fortunate this way, but a the same time its a huge responsibility; with a lion about, over and above the normal considerations of  looking after an animal that has been lent to you!

The first attack on Brando was bad enough and he was starting slowly to recover from his wounds when we suffered a second attack on the base to two others-, sending him into shock and resulting after a two day colic - of his death.Apart from the obvious trauma for all of us involved, now i am down to 5 horses with two more injured from the 2nd attacked 23rd September. These two, Rocket and pony are recovering well, but the care and cost is considerable, as lion mauling is very risky as far as infection goes.

The horses and i live on our nerves until this cat is either safely caught or i have made my place a lion free zone! 

Some parents are even afraid to bring their children in case the cat comes to visit my riding arena (highly unlikely but of course one has to respect their fear) Anyway, as it is currently I  have half the number of horses I require to teach with. Amazingly, I am still being offered horses to top my team back up, but of course cannot risk any more on site until the situation is under control.

Since the 2nd attack we have had to keep horses off their normal grazing fields (they would normally live mainly out, just coming into a yard to be attended to and to work daily) and in the house garden by day, and in a yard only meant for daytime use overnight. We are having to modify our base to make it less likely to receive another attack. The horses are personally guarded plus have lights and a basic siren alarm fitted in the yard, and fires lit outside - to deter the cat. We have cleared half an acre of natural bush outside the yard to defer his approach and that alone has taken two weeks and three men to achieve.                      The immediate area has been made safer, but I cannot let the horses out to graze until the remaining 8 acres are cleared in the same way, as recently the fields have been thought of as a good hiding ground for lion- when he sees fit

There are many challenges I have to face living in Kenya over the last Decade, but this one truly beats them all! Here right in my face I have seen the modern wildlife /human/domestic livestock conflict that so many conservationists speak about worldwide. Its real ....and tricky!

 I love the wildlife in Kenya and the fact that it is not restricted to parks and conservancies, and I certainly wish this cat no harm. I have not long moved to this particular place and part from the big cat problem, its fabulous. I hope in the future to offer come stay with me, go on safari(we have some of the best conservancies right on the doorstep) and ride the horses based here(some of the best hacking you will have ever encountered) even climb Mount Kenya!                                                                                                                                I would like to think some of the donors could come stay to appreciate this wonderful place but with serious hidden challenges behind it.  I would offer you a healthy discount as a thanks for helping me out of this true African life challenge. Please also note the ticket award and the other perks i am offering to encourage help with donations.

Asante sana ( big thanks) for reading my plea.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact me. I am an open book and will gladly answer!

 

 

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£25
I weeks work for a local guy bush clearing
We will need 12 men to work for 1 month to clear the bush on thr property thus making it less interesting to lion. Currently it is ideal lion home ground!
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£50
Riding and horse care tuition for a local child
For every £50 you donate, I will let the head teacher from my village primary school know that someone is willing to 'pay' for a child of the school's choice (maybe school work excelling) to come have an intro to horse riding and horse care. I will ensure the child sends you a personal notification of their experience and a (hopefully) a written thanks for the opportunity to see what horses and riding are all about . The local kids here are fascinated by what goes on here at Altitude,a as riding is by no means mainstream in Kenya. I intend to change that...
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£100
Payment for one guy; Bush clearing
It will take a team of 12 hardworking local men 4 weeks to clear the bush i need gone to make the horses grazing less suitable as lion country. The good thing is this will give an unemployed man a reasonably paid temporary job.
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£400
I week staying with me at Altitude
Live in as my guest and friend donator, experience a little of kenya and all it has to offer, ride and go on safari in a choice of several local conservancies full of wildlife including the big 5!
includes accommodation and basic meals, riding. you will get to see first hand and report back to all others interested in my campaign ..first hand about my lion issue and how we have been able to address the situation.
Excludes flights and conservancy park fees etc.
Dates to suit both parties with discussion. I assure you a week at Altitude will be a lifetime memory all in thanks for your support of my lion issue. xx,
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£800
A week for two people staying with me at Altitude
Live in as my guests and friend donator, experience a little of kenya and all it has to offer, ride and go on safari in a choice of several local conservancies full of wildlife including the big 5!
includes accommodation and basic meals, riding. you will get to see first hand and report back to all others interested in my campaign ..first hand about my lion issue and how we have been able to address the situation.
Excludes flights and conservancy park fees etc.
Dates to suit both parties with discussion. I assure you a week at Altitude will be a lifetime memory all in thanks for your support of my lion issue. xx,
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£50
Riding and horse tuition for a local kenyan child
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