Lions and Crocodile Battle Over Elephant Carcass

Aug 21, 2014 | Categories: Lions, Reserves | Leave A Comment »

Nanai (left) and Lguret face off with the crocodile.

A young bull elephant died of natural causes in the middle of the Ewaso Nyiro River, in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya. As is protocol, the Kenya Wildlife Service came and removed the elephant's tusks immediately - to prevent poachers from collecting them.

A dead elephant is a potentially huge meal for lions, and we knew they would come. But were unsure which lions would come first – lions from Samburu or the ones from Buffalo Springs.

Lguret, the dominant male in the area, was first on the scene and stayed close to the elephant carcass, guarding it from crocodiles and marabou storks. Eventually, Nanai, Nabulu and their 5 cubs arrived and all lions stayed close to the elephant.

Nanai and Lguret were the most aggressive and foug...

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World Lion Day 2014

Aug 14, 2014 | Categories: Community, Staff, Westgate Conservancy | Leave A Comment »

We celebrated World Lion Day with the community members who are the true lion conservationists. We thank them for all they do every day.

August 10th marked the second World Lion Day. To celebrate, we hosted a gathering in Westgate Conservancy, our headquarters, of more than 40 people -- Samburu warriors, elders and women -- where we discussed lions, the importance of conservation for, our community programmes, and much more.

Members of the Ewaso Lions team gave presentations on their work (Lpuresi and Letoiye gave their first-ever talks!) and discussed the lions of Westgate. We ended the day with a search for 6 "lions" made out of cardboard. The team who found the 6 lions the quickest and had drawn all ears and whisker spots were the winners -- it was a great day!

Thanks to Westgate Community Conservancy and Sasaab Lodge for sharing this important day with us.

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Special Report: Visiting the Niassa Lion Project in Mozambique

Jul 24, 2014 | Categories: Staff | 2 Comments

Keith, Colleen, Ella, Finn, Euzebio, Oscar, Batista, and the rest of the Niassa team - you are all our heroes. Thank you for all you do!

Long days, harsh conditions, intense disputes, and sometimes heartache – lion conservation is hard work. And on some days it seems the challenges are insurmountable and it feels like we’re alone. Fortunately, this last part is not the case.

In Mozambique, the Niassa Lion Project is also working tirelessly with local people to conserve the lion population and improve livelihoods in the vast wilderness of Niassa National Park. Some of our staff recently spent a few days in Mozambique with the Niassa team to see their conservation programs, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges. The Niassa team had visited us in Kenya last year and the outcome was fantastic. Both Niassa Lion Project and Ewaso Lions are Partners in the Wildlife Conserva...

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Carnivores Thriving in Dry Season

Jul 16, 2014 | Categories: Lions, Reserves, Westgate Conservancy | 2 Comments

Carnivores like this leopard are doing well in the dry season. This young female has left her mother and is on her own in Samburu.

We are deep in the dry season in northern Kenya. The grass is gone, the Ewaso Nyiro River is low, people are struggling to graze their livestock and many have migrated north in search of pasture.

But the region’s large carnivores – lions, leopards, wild dogs, and others – are coping very well. Prey is easier for carnivores to find because they spend more time concentrated along water holes or the Ewaso Nyiro River, and are also more lethargic, making it easier for carnivores to ambush them.

The lions have been spending most of their time within the national reserves, hunting everything from warthog, to zebra to aardvark.

The Core Area in Westgate Conservancy, which is the region the community have set aside specifically as a ...

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Warriors Share Experiences During Cross-Site Exchange

Jul 14, 2014 | Categories: Warriors | 2 Comments

The GZT and Ewaso Lions warriors together during the exchange in Laisamis.

Our Warrior Watch programme uses the conservation model of engaging local people in direct conservation efforts. We started Warrior Watch in Westgate Community Conservancy in 2010 to train Samburu warriors in lion conservation; we provide education in return. Through Warrior Watch, local warriors are becoming aware about the importance of keeping lions alive, and helping their own communities protect livestock from lion attacks to reduce retaliation against the big cats and other large carnivores.

Our vision is to help create a broad network of warriors across northern Kenya who work to promote human-lion coexistence. This network of warriors teaching their own communities about conservation will have a bigger and more far-ranging impact...

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