In December 2014, Ewaso Lions took our Lion Kids Camp to Solio Game Reserve – a ranch located between Mt Kenya and the Aberdares. This Lion Kids camp was an opportunity for the children who have lived on the edge of Solio for most of their lives, to not only experience the wildlife first hand, but to learn about the animals and to understand how important they are to them and their families.
To be selected for the Camp, students participated in a creative arts competition entitled “Conservation and Tourism”, and kids were selected based on the best entries. The response to the art competition was overwhelming, with 149 amazing stories, poems, drawings and sculptures to choose from. We had four teachers join the group of 32 kids ...
After an almost 2-year absence, lions have returned to the Conservation Area in Westgate. This area, also called the Core Area, is a 9km2 piece of habitat that was set aside by local people for wildlife and conservation.
Some of you might recall stories of a lioness named Magilani who made the Core Area her home between 2009 and 2011. Since Magilani disappeared, no lions have become residents in the Core Area.
But will this change?
Over the past few weeks we tracked several lions as they passed near our Camp here in Westgate Conservancy, using nearby luggas (dry riverbeds), then they entered the Core Area. We identified the lions as Naramat and Lentim, who were later joined by Napirai and Loiwotwa – Nashipai’s young cubs.
As 2014 comes to a close, we feel very thankful for your support this past year. We wish you a very happy New Year!
The Ewaso Lions Team
UPDATE: A generous donor has pledged to match every donation up to $7,500! This means if you donate $100, then Ewaso Lions gets $200 just like that. This matching gift will go until the end of this month, so please donate today. A huge thanks to the Peacock Family for their generosity!
As 2015 quickly approaches, all of us at Ewaso Lions want to thank you for your support. This year was our most demanding yet. Our mission of promoting coexistence between local communities and lions of northern Kenya has faced new and escalating challenges.
For one, we faced a drought which has drawn more people and their livestock into the area. More people and livestock means more conflict. In fact, just this month lions killed 14 cows and one ca...
This is the second part of a feature on Jeneria Lekilelei, Ewaso Lions Field Operations and Community Manager. Click here to read Part 1.
You came up with the idea behind Ewaso Lions’ flagship outreach program Warrior Watch. Can you explain your motivation for this program and its progress since its launch in 2010?
I came up with the idea for Warrior Watch after I saw the challenges we were facing to keep lions safe. A warrior’s job is to protect livestock, and when livestock are killed it’s the warriors who need to respond. The only way we can succeed in protecting lions is to get the warriors involved in conservation decision-making. We can make them ambassadors to keep lions safe.
Since 2010, the program is progressing ve...