The Warriors Need You

Nov 17, 2017 | Categories: Community, Donors, Lions, Staff, Warriors | 1 Comment

On a dry and dusty night, the night sky of Kenya rises above Jeneria and his team of Samburu warriors on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River.  They are relaxing after a hard day of tracking lions in their Landcruiser 4x4, collaring one, and checking on the health of two young cubs. Suddenly, the radio crackles with anger and panic.  A lioness has killed a cow. The villagers are furious and heading out to kill her.

Jeneria, his fellow Warrior, Yesalai and others in the Warrior Watch team jump into the vehicle and head for the far away village. They are greeted by angry warriors who are ready to track the lion. As Jeneria tries to reason with them, shouts fill the arid landscape.  Calmly, a few Ewaso Lions Warriors listen to the villager...

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It’s Raining in Samburu!

Nov 17, 2017 | Categories: Lions, Other news, Reserves | Leave A Comment »

One of the new males in Samburu as it starts getting green

We are very happy to announce that it is raining in Samburu!  The rains began in October in a few locations and had spread across the whole region by November. The vegetation is finally growing bringing much needed relief to the wildlife in the area. As the heavy rain collects, dry river beds have flowed frequently, including the Pukur lugga near our camp. Although it is spectacular to see the rivers fill so quickly the frequent flooding is sadly a sign of severe land degradation in the area.

We have had some stunning sightings of the lions including the new males that arrived in April. Other wildlife are enjoying the new grass and vast open areas of water. This is a beautiful time to be in Samburu and we can feel the relief amo...

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Shivani & Jeneria Speak at Wildlife Conservation Expo

Nov 16, 2017 | Categories: Donors, Lions, Other news | Leave A Comment »

At Goldman Sachs together with Frank from Save the Elephants and Jan, our host, from Goldman Sachs (Photo by Grant Kretchik)

Shivani & Jeneria visited the US in October on their annual tour. Following a lovely visit with their friends and supporters in Newport, Rhode Island, they had the privilege of speaking at Goldman Sachs in New York, National Geographic and WWF in Washington DC.

They were very excited to attend the annual Wildlife Conservation Expo in San Francisco in October and for those of you that missed the talk, it can be watched here.  This was Ewaso Lion's 6th annual attendance at the Expo.

Thank you to all our friends and supporters in the US who looked after us, hosted and fed us, travelled with us and supported our conservation and research programmes in Samburu. We are very grateful!...

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Warrior & Mama Simba Adventures

Nov 16, 2017 | Categories: Community, Education, Lions, Staff, Training, Warriors | Leave A Comment »

Young cub in one of the prides

In September, our team of Warriors visited the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya - for some - this was their first time leaving Samburu.  The objective of the trip was to learn about conservation in a new landscape. In the Mara there is less human-predator conflict than in other areas because of the larger amount of grazing land available to support large wild herbivores. The presence of these populations of herbivores means lions have enough natural prey and do not turn to killing livestock out of desperation.

Our team drove down across Kenya and spent 1.5 days in the Mara. The team saw over 30 lions in that short period and new animal species they hadn't seen before such as topi, rhino, hippo and thousands of wildebeest who were moving th...

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Ewaso Lions Celebrates 10 Years of Conservation!

Nov 15, 2017 | Categories: Camp Life, Community, Education, Lions, Research, Staff, Warriors | Leave A Comment »

Naramat along the Ewaso Nyiro river in Westgate

Ewaso Lions is 10 years old! In honour of our tenth anniversary, here are some of our stories and highlights: Early Days Ewaso Lions was founded by Shivani Bhalla in 2007. Originally, Shivani explored northern Kenya in her Suzuki, looking for lions and investigating their habitats.  Her vehicle was her home, office, and kitchen. From Shaba to Samburu to Westgate, Shivani and her Suzuki travelled, in drought and in rain dedicated to finding an answer to her question – can lions and communities live alongside each other?

Seven Years of Tent Collapses Our home base has changed over the years. In 2008, we set up a small camp in Westgate Conservancy, using some old tents to make a basic kitchen and office. One solar panel powere...

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