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Special Report: Visiting the Niassa Lion Project in Mozambique

Jul 24, 2014 | Categories: Staff | Leave A Comment »

Keith, Colleen, Ella, Finn, Euzebio, Oscar, Batista, and the rest of the Niassa team - you are all our heroes. Thank you for all you do!

Long days, harsh conditions, intense disputes, and sometimes heartache – lion conservation is hard work. And on some days it seems the challenges are insurmountable and it feels like we’re alone. Fortunately, this last part is not the case.

In Mozambique, the Niassa Lion Project is also working tirelessly with local people to conserve the lion population and improve livelihoods in the vast wilderness of Niassa National Park. Some of our staff recently spent a few days in Mozambique with the Niassa team to see their conservation programs, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges. The Niassa team had visited us in Kenya last year and the outcome was fantastic. Both Niassa Lion Project and Ewaso Lions are Partners in the Wildlife Conserva...

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Carnivores Thriving in Dry Season

Jul 16, 2014 | Categories: Lions, Reserves, Westgate Conservancy | 1 Comment

Carnivores like this leopard are doing well in the dry season. This young female has left her mother and is on her own in Samburu.

We are deep in the dry season in northern Kenya. The grass is gone, the Ewaso Nyiro River is low, people are struggling to graze their livestock and many have migrated north in search of pasture.

But the region’s large carnivores – lions, leopards, wild dogs, and others – are coping very well. Prey is easier for carnivores to find because they spend more time concentrated along water holes or the Ewaso Nyiro River, and are also more lethargic, making it easier for carnivores to ambush them.

The lions have been spending most of their time within the national reserves, hunting everything from warthog, to zebra to aardvark.

The Core Area in Westgate Conservancy, which is the region the community have set aside specifically as a ...

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