This month, we held a Lion Kids Camp for 24 Kenyan children to learn about conservation and be inspired by experiencing wildlife from a new perspective. This Camp marked only the second time an LKC has been held outside Samburu. We teamed up with Loisaba Conservancy to hold the five-day camp in the beautiful landscape of Loisaba, located 200km away in Laikipia county.
Similar to the two Lion Kids Camps we have held so far this year, this camp focused on young livestock herders from local communities, rather than school children. The 24 kids, ranging in age from 4 to 16, spent five days with our team learning all about wildlife, conservation and ways to coexist with lions and other large carnivores - and, of course, to have lots of fu...
Written by Shivani
In May this year, thanks to the support by the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), I had the good fortune and privilege to visit the Spectacled Bear Conservation (SBC) Society project in Peru. SBC has just been named one of the newest additions to the WCN partners network and so I was delighted to be able to meet them, learn about their work and share conservation experiences.
Located in northern Peru, SBC are off the beaten track, a sharp contrast to the busy, touristy areas of Cuzco and Machu Picchu. The passionate, dedicated SBC team, led by their inspirational founder Robyn Appleton, could not have been more welcoming, open, and keen to show me the work they are doing.
During my visit, I met Felicita, a ...
Watch this video of a rescued White-backed Vulture – a critically endangered species – being released back into the wild.
In June, the vulture was found on the ground in Buffalo Springs National Reserve and unable to fly. After fast action by the Peregrine Fund and Raptor Working Group, the vulture was taken to the Kenya Bird of Prey Trust in Naivasha for rehabilitation.
On the 11th of July, we participated in the bird's release back into BSNR. We were excited to watch as the young vulture successfully flew off. Prior to the release, the team from the Peregrine Fund and Raptor Working Group spoke to local rangers and wardens about vultures and threats to their survival, including how vultures often become indirect targets o...
This month held the 7th annual Running For Lions community race in Samburu, Kenya.
The race continued the tradition of bringing together members of the local community for a day celebrating lions and raising awareness of conservation. We were thrilled to participate in the event and help support it, now that it is an initiative led directly by the community.
Letupukwa ran the half-marathon, whilst Shivani and Apese ran the women's race. Watch this clip for details!
Today, Ewaso Lions joined hands with partners for another litter removal cleanup day. Bags of trash were removed from the village of Westgate, which is adjacent to Samburu National Reserve, and surrounding areas. Westgate now looks very clean!
Ewaso Lions organizes periodic cleanup days in local community areas as a way to remove dangerous trash from the landscape, keep wildlife and livestock safe, and engage local people in environmental stewardship.
It was a very successful initiative with over 60 people from Samburu Reserve, Westgate Conservancy, Grevy's Zebra Trust, Sasaab lodge, Samburu Intrepids lodge, Reticulated Giraffe Project, community members and 300 school kids from Lpus Leluai Primary school. This particular cleanup...