Lions and other large carnivores are wide-ranging species, which means protected areas are often too small to maintain viable populations. Successful conservation of these species, and their prey, instead requires a landscape scale approach.
Therefore, as we are busy working on our strategic plan for the next three years, one important question we must address is: Which areas should we target to ensure lions can survive and move safely between community areas where they are able to find safe refuges?
To answer this question we need to think beyond the boundaries of our current study areas; we need to explore the surrounding landscape for ourselves and talk to the communities and stakeholders who live and work there.
It's that time of year again when we travel to San Francisco for the annual Wildlife Expo hosted by the Wildlife Conservation Network.
Saturday, October 8, 2016
Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA
We will give a talk at 10am and be present throughout the day at our table where we will have Kenyan crafts for sale.
Tickets go fast, so don't miss out!
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> Read the full schedule including special guest speakers
We are pleased to introduce our newest lion who was born early this year to Napirai.
“This little cub is a young traveller and survivor," said Jeneria, our Field Operations and Community Manager. “The cub moves more than any cub we have ever seen.”
Our team tracked Napirai and her cub for over 15 km (9 mi) a few weeks ago – a long journey for a cub we estimate to be three-months-old.
Mother and cub walked all night, through villages and livestock areas, and settled in thick bush in the early morning. Although mothers usually hide their cubs in bushes to go hunting, Napirai does not leave her cub alone. She is constantly on the move with the young one close in tow.
Napirai’s cub will be named at the next Lion Watch ...
In rural northern Kenya, Samburu women regularly buy staples such as sugar, tea and maize from local shops. These items always come packaged in plastic or thin nylon bags. The bags, along with other waste items, are often burned or discarded in the bush or around the manyattas, where livestock and wildlife may ingest them.
There are no waste disposal or recycling services here. In the past, the ladies said they would wait for the rains and then rush down to the river to let the surging water carry away their waste.
To face this environmental threat, Ewaso Lions has organised several clean up campaigns in the local villages to raise awareness about importance of a keeping the environment clean and healthy. At the same time, we know the...
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...