A New Home for Ewaso Lions

Mar 11, 2015 | Categories: Camp Life | 10 Comments

We are officially moved into our new camp! We moved last week and it was quite a process. It took 3 days to move everything from the old camp to our new one, to dismantle everything at the old site, and start restoring the old site. We are still sorting through piles of old canvas, metal boxes, furniture, iron sheets and much more.

Whilst moving in, the construction workers and electricians were still finishing up, the solar panels were being installed, furniture was still being made, and the final coats of paint were drying. We had most of our team on hand, including warriors – and we were over 20 people in camp helping with the move, clean-up and sorting.

The new Ewaso Lions Conservation Centre located in Westgate Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya. Our new home!

We all have our favourite things in the new camp, which is officially called the Ewaso Lions Conservation Centre. Lighting and electric outlets in each tent, running water and proper bathrooms are all particular favourites of mine. We also have a fridge for the first time – everyone is a bit stuck on what to put in it but I am sure this will change soon.

On a personal level – this has been a huge experience for me – and a scary one too of what this move signifies for Ewaso Lions. I was literally carried out of my old tent (with the dog inside!). We’ve done a lot of reminiscing about our old camp.

When we first began, we had 2 little pup tents – one of which served as a kitchen and we used to sleep with cabbages and lentil sacks as pillows. Now, 7 years later, here we are in the most amazing camp on top of a hill with incredible views and a great breeze, and a staff of 32, with 12 based at Camp. The Mess has desks and proper chairs (although for old-times sake our broken chairs and rotting table are still with us temporarily), we have a covered garage, the kitchen has enclosed walls (sorry, porcupines!), we have a secured storage for field equipment, and much more.

The new staff tents provide better living conditions for the guys.

The guys are all settled and excited by the new space – and Kura (our camp dog) is slowly getting used to everything too.

I am thankful to all our donors and friends who have supported this milestone for our project. In particular, we want to thank the Wildlife Conservation Network and three donors who funded the new camp. We would not have this amazing new home without you!

With thanks,
Shivani

The new Kitchen, Mess, and office building. There’s a solar fridge, running water, enclosed dining and workspace, and secure storage rooms.

With these solar panels, we now have power 24/7.

Our new toilets are a major upgrade!

We did our best to leave our old site the way we found it in 2007.

> See photos of the new camp being built

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» kalyan mukherjee said: { Mar 28, 2015 - 03:03:41 }

i just love the spirit.write on this for africa rising in the millennium post daily from india.

mail me what you wish to write.

how about 350 words on what it takes to build a camp based on your insights

kalyan
new delhi

» Aaron Nicholas said: { Mar 28, 2015 - 04:03:10 }

A privilege to have visited your camp and squint through planning eyes a year or two back at where the new camp would be…to see it completed and in such a fitting low impact style is heartening. Enjoy your new home and the cooling Samburu breezes that blow across your hillside.

» Diane said: { Mar 28, 2015 - 06:03:10 }

So happy your new camp is up and running.

» Gary Levy said: { Mar 28, 2015 - 06:03:42 }

Best of Luck at your New Camp!

» admin said: { Mar 28, 2015 - 07:03:02 }

Thank you for the comments, everyone!

» Gabriele Meurer said: { Mar 28, 2015 - 11:03:47 }

I am glad to see that you are not using water-toilets considering the water-shortage we just had. I shall be moving too to land that I own myself. I’ll continue with my research mostly on big cats and put up a small veterinary clinic. I wish you luck and success.

» Barbara von Hoffmann said: { Apr 5, 2015 - 01:04:15 }

Hi Shivani,

Just looked at your new site, and I’m so happy for you! Hope to see you in January or February, 2016! Will love reading your postings until then…

» Harriet said: { Apr 30, 2015 - 02:04:38 }

Congratulations to ALL of the staff of Ewaso for your dedication to such an important mission, your optimism in handling the need for and challenges of growth and for all that you do on behalf of all of us! I am so very impressed with the new camp because it speaks highly to the effectiveness you all have had in making us aware of the need for protecting and conserving all of our wildlife.
Harriet

» Singer Rankin said: { May 2, 2015 - 08:05:22 }

Shivani and Jeneria

Congratulations on your beautiful new camp. Love looking at the old vs the new photographs!
The Mama Simba look fabulous. Singer