About Us


Ewaso Lions conserves Kenya’s lions and other large carnivores by promoting co-existence between people and wildlife. Ewaso Lions uses sound science, education, and capacity building to foster ownership of conservation by local people, and help guide the long-term conservation management of lions in protected areas and on private lands.

Kenya’s Lions Could be Extinct in the Next Two Decades

The African lion population has declined by 90% in the last 75 years and lions have disappeared from approximately 80% of their historical range. Kenya’s lion population is now less than 2,000 individuals. There are only about 20,000 lions left in Africa.

This decline in lion numbers is mainly due to habitat loss and conflict with humans, primarily over livestock depredation. When lions attack livestock, pastoralists may retaliate by shooting, spearing, or poisoning lions. At the current rate of loss, Kenya’s lions could be extinct in the next two decades unless something is done.

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Ewaso Lions was formed to ensure a future for lions and other large carnivores in northern Kenya. Ewaso Lions uses scientific research and community-based outreach programmes to promote co-existence between lions and people.

Putting Local People First

Ewaso Lions firmly believes that the success of lion conservation hinges on the involvement of the local people who live alongside lions. Our programmes promote human-carnivore co-existence, provide education, and build local capacity for wildlife rangers and community leaders.

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Research That Drives Conservation

Ewaso Lions’ core research activities focus on understanding the factors driving lion pride establishments, their associations and movements in the wild, the extent of human-lion conflict, and the impact of habitat loss in order to formulate strategies for long-term lion conservation.

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Where We Work

We work in northern Kenya’s Samburu, Laikipia, and Isiolo Counties, which comprise one contiguous ecosystem. This region is home to the third largest populations of lions, cheetahs, and wild dogs in Kenya. We work across four major land use types: community conservancies, group ranches (public lands), protected areas, and private ranches. Our study area covers about 3,000 km2 of lion habitat, which includes National Reserves (Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba), Community Conservancies (Westgate, Oldonyiro, Kalama, Nasuulu, and Nakupurat Gotu), and Laikipia’s private ranches.


The Team

We are a small group of passionate and devoted people dedicated to conservation. Meet the Ewaso Lions team here.


We work closely with a great group of partners on the ground and around the world. Forming partnerships is key to the success of carnivore conservation. They are listed on our Partners page.


Ewaso Lions is an independent nonprofit organisation, and we rely on the generous support of organisations and individuals. Without them, our work would not be possible. They are listed on our Donor page.

Why “Ewaso”?

Ewaso Lions takes its name from the mighty Ewaso Nyiro River (also called the Ewaso Ng’iro) which starts on the slopes of Mt Kenya and snakes its way through Laikipia and Samburu. The Ewaso (pronounced “eh-wah-so”) serves as a lifeline for the people and wildlife in the area.