About Ewaso Lions

Mission

Ewaso Lions is dedicated to conserving lions and other large carnivores by promoting co-existence between people and wildlife. We work hand-in-hand with local communities to provide education, training and improved conservation practices that help people and wildlife. We use sound science to help guide the long-term conservation of lions across community conservancies and protected areas in northern Kenya.

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

The African lion population has declined by 43% in the last 20 years and lions now occupy only 8% of their historical range in Africa.  The estimated numbers of lions across Africa are approximately 20,000. In Kenya, the national population now numbers less than 2,000 individuals. At current rates of decline, the species could become extinct here within the next two decades. This reduction in lion numbers is primarily due to habitat loss and conflict with humans, typically when lions kill people’s livestock.

Lions and other large carnivores are wide-ranging species, and designated protected areas are often not large enough to ensure their long-term survival. It is crucial, therefore, that conservation of these species, as well as their prey, is addressed throughout the landscape, which not only incorporates protected areas, but also the surrounding areas where local people live.

Nashipai in Samburu National Reserve

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.  We tailor conservation programmes for different demographics – including women, children, and warriors, as well as the tourism industry, thus meeting the needs of peopleand ultimately strengthening conservation.

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Young livestock herders in Westgate Community Conservancy

Research That Drives Conservation

We work towards securing key areas for lions in northern Kenya to maintain breeding populations and ensure connectivity within and the beyond the Samburu landscape.  Our core research objectives are to identify key areas for lions and other carnivores and what factors influence the suitability of such areas, monitoring herbivore and livestock densities to evaluate lion habitat, understanding the patterns and distribution of human-carnivore conflict, determine lion demographics and movements, and to evaluate local people’s attitudes towards wildlife conservation.

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Where We Work

We work in northern Kenya’s Samburu and Isiolo Counties, which comprise one contiguous ecosystem.  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).

The Team

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

Part of the Ewaso Lions team

Partners

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.

Funding

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.

The Ewaso Nyiro River