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Coexisting with Carnivores: Does it Have to Be Them or Us?

Apr 10, 2014 | Categories: Community, Lions, Research, Reserves, Staff, Warriors | Leave A Comment »

Large carnivores like lions require expansive ranges to meet their daily needs. This lion is wearing a GPS collar to help us track its movements and warn herders.

The following article by Ewaso Lions' own Paul Thomson first appeared on PBS' NOVA Next on April 2, 2014 with the title Coexisting with Carnivores - Why It's Not a Zero-Sum Game.

It was late in the summer, and the two young lions had been on a camel killing spree. Over a period of three months, they had entered the villages of the Samburu people at night and killed ten prized camels.

It wasn’t long before they paid the price. One hot, hazy day in early September, when the male lions were napping under a scraggly acacia tree, a group of five young men came upon them. The men fired their AK-47s. Lguret, whose name means “cowardly,” ran off. Loirish, who was the more aggressive of the pair, may have stood his ground. He may even ...

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Working with Women for a Cleaner Kenya

Mar 20, 2014 | Categories: Community, Westgate Conservancy | 2 Comments

Women with the bags of trash they collected.

In Westgate Conservancy, where Ewaso Lions is based, the landscape is littered with plastic bags. Women purchase sugar, tea, and other items from local shops that always package them in plastic bags, and these are often discarded carelessly. Plastic bags can remain in the environment for thousands of years – they do not degrade, they break up into smaller pieces that spread widely across the area, and are hazardous for the wildlife, livestock, and small children living in Samburu. And in a stunning landscape like Samburu, they discarded bags is a major eyesore.

[caption id="attachment_2624" align="aligncenter" width="630"] A lion cub chews on a plastic bag. Discarded plastic bags pose a threat to lions and other wildlife. Photo by Jaco...

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