Male Lion Shot and Killed

Apr 22, 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | Leave A Comment »

A male lion was shot and killed recently. We do not yet know the identify but we fear it might be Loiwotwa.

It is with great sadness we announce that a young male lion was shot dead recently in Samburu, northern Kenya.

We have been unable to confirm the identity of the lion but suspect that it is Loiwotwa, a young nomadic male we have been monitoring for the last three years.

Our team continues to patrol the area together with conservancy rangers. We are grateful to everyone for the support during what has been a challenging time for our team.

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Samson Picked as Delegate for Youth Forum for People and Wildlife

Mar 4, 2016 | Categories: Education, Staff | 1 Comment

Samson was picked from nearly 1,000 applicants to join 33 other young people in Johannesburg. Photo by Kris Norvig.

On this World Wildlife Day, we are very pleased to announce that our own resident artist and scholar, Samon Lerosion, has been picked to be part of the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife.

In September, Samson will travel to South Africa to join 33 other inspiring young people from around the world to engage in skill building workshops, and explore conservation and wildlife welfare issues, including the impact of wildlife trade. They will convene just days before the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Samson and the other delegates were selected from nearly 1,000 applicants, who exemplify a commitment in keeping with this year’s World Wildlife Day theme: “The Future of Wildlif...

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A Special Lion Kids Camp for Herding Children Who Have Never Gone to School

Feb 29, 2016 | Categories: Education | 2 Comments

This was the first time most of these children ever received any sort of formal education.

We have just concluded our first ever Lion Kids Camp for livestock herding children. Our previous five Lion Kids Camps were all with local primary school students. For this Camp, we wanted to focus on a new demographic of young Kenyans who play an important role for wildlife: young livestock herders, or “lchokutis” in the local Samburu language. Last week, we brought together 28 Kenyan children from villages across Westgate Conservancy for a week of conservation education, activities, and games.

For the Samburu people in northern Kenya, livestock represents wealth and status. Often, young children are charged with tending livestock whilst out grazing, so these young herders play a vital role in protecting their families’ liveliho...

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Rise in Human-Lion Conflict Puts Lions at Risk

Jan 28, 2016 | Categories: Lions | 7 Comments

When lions kill livestock like this cow, herders often wish to retaliate and try to kill the lion.

Our team has been dealing with high levels of human-lion conflict in northern Kenya, putting lions at risk and causing significant problems for local communities and ranchers. Conflict occurs when lions attack peoples’ livestock in the villages or ranches at night or while out grazing during the day.

We have recorded 45 incidents of conflict and we estimate that our team has stopped the killing of lions 26 times. As a result, no lions were killed during this period.

The spike in conflict began in November with the arrival of the rains. During the dry season, lion’s natural prey (impalas, gazelles, etc.) congregate along water points like the Ewaso Nyiro River, making it easier for lions to hunt. When the rains arrive and vegetati...

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New Cubs Born and Naramat’s Cubs Revealed

Jan 27, 2016 | Categories: Lions | 2 Comments

The cubs are about 9 months old.

Nine months ago, Naramat gave birth to cubs far out in the community area west of Samburu National Reserve. All this time, the lions hid in the hills and swamps of Westgate Community Conservancy. Our warriors and Lion Scouts monitored Naramat and her cubs, keeping a close eye on them to ensure their safety by communicating their whereabouts with herders, keeping livestock at a safe distance, and talking to communities about their importance to the area.

Our team only ever laying eyes on their tracks. Until now.

Just a few days ago, we saw their tracks in the Conservation Area near our Camp. We found them along the Ewaso Nyiro River. The cubs had never seen a car before and were very curious, if a little hesitant.

In eight years, ...

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