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Sayaan was named after Cuckoo funder Anne Master's new baby cousin. Sayaan is an old Saka name, Saka being the region of Siberia that his mum comes from, and it means “kind, generous and warm like the sun”.

Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 05:00
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Knepp Estate, Sussex
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Sayaan's journey from 20 May 2023 to 26 February 2024

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Sayaan's movements

15 Feb 2024 - Sayaan still in DRC

Sayaan has spent the winter so far in the Congo Basin close to the Maringa River in north-central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). We expect him to start moving West soon. 

23 Oct 2023 - Sayaan nudges south in the Congo

Since our last update Sayaan has flown approximately 100km (62 miles) south-west within the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), taking him over the Lulonga river and deeper into the Congo Basin. He is now in the rainforest between the Lulonga and Salonga rivers, in western DRC. Torc, Joe and George are also in DRC.  

06 Oct 2023 - Sayaan moves south

Sayaan has flown 350km (217 miles) south-west from Chad to Central African Republic (CAR).

He is now 13km north east of the town of N'Délé in CAR.

29 Aug 2023 - Sayaan moves into Sudan

New updates received from Sayaan's tag yesterday morning showed that he had flown 140 km (87 miles) north, taking him from Chad, over the border into Sudan. He is now approximately 26 km (16 miles) west of the town of Garsila in West Darfur.  

27 Jul 2023 - Sayaan has crossed the Sahara

We are pleased to report that Sayaan has made it across the Sahara. New updates from his tag this morning show that he has flown 1,225 km (761 miles) from the Tibesti mountains in southern Libya to his new location in the south-eastern corner of Chad.

He is now in the wetter and greener environs of the Sahel where he will hopefully be able to find plenty of food to help him recover from his long journey.

Past updates from Sayaan

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