The El Molo are the smallest ethnic group in Kenya - 25 people in the Seventies, 200 today. For some time now the El Molo have been intermingling with their neighbours the Samburu and Turkana, and nowadays no-one still speaks the language of their forebears. They live on lava rock on the south-east shore of Lake Turkana. Their dwellings resemble "abandoned nests of ancient prehistoric birds" (Alberto Moravia), constructed with Dum palm trunk. This tiny population fishes the lake for Nile perch and tilapia; they occasionally hunt crocodiles and hippos.