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Women in Conservation: Expanding the Mama Simba Program

Nov 6, 2015 | Categories: Education, Training | 1 Comment

The Mama Simba women with Shivani in the classroom where they are learning to read and write.

Since launching our Mama Simba program in 2013, we have engaged 300 Samburu women in conservation. The core Mama Simba group consists of 10 women, who work with other women within their communities, thereby spreading conservation messaging through peer-to-peer sharing. The women participate in conservation training and litter removal campaigns, and report on lion sightings and conflict issues. In exchange, we set up weekly schooling to provide educational opportunities they never had before, and also offer training in new beaded art craft, so they can diversify their income.

Now, in response to strong positive feedback by participating women, we are expanding the Mama Simba program into new areas and offering new opportunities for th...

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Video: Lion with Broken Leg Examined by Wildlife Vets

Oct 2, 2015 | Categories: Lions | 1 Comment

Medical equipment closely monitored Lengwe's health during the examination. Photo © Ewaso Lions

Field report by Heather Gurd

On September 14th, we received a flurry of reports from our Lion Watch Guides that a young male lion had an injured leg and was unable to put any weight on it. Concerned, Jeneria and his field team left before dawn the next morning to locate and assess the situation. They found the injured lion and identified him as Lengwe, the 2-year-old son of Nanai from the Koitogor Pride.

Lengwe was unable to walk; being in such bad shape meant he might not be able to survive. Jeneria immediately contacted the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinarian. Fortuitously, Dr. Mutinda was already in Samburu attending to an elephant issue. More good news for Lengwe was that his pride had made a kill. Lions obtain moisture ...

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