Samburu and Turkana livestock herders inspired by 7th Lion Kids Camp

May 27, 2016 | Categories: Education | Leave A Comment »

Children participating in this Lion Kids Camp were form both the Samburu and Turkana tribes. It was a great opportunity to have a positive cross cultural exchange. Photo by Tony Allport.

This year, we wanted our Lion Kids Camps to focus on a new demographic of young Kenyans: livestock herders, or “lchokutis” in the local Samburu language. This group spend most of their time in wildlife areas looking after their families livestock, yet have limited, if any, exposure to conservation education and training. By engaging herders through our Lion Kids Camp programme we hope to have an immediate positive impact on wildlife. >Read about the importance of engaging herders in conservation

Following the success of our first herders camp in February, we were very excited to host a second camp in April that brought together 26 young herders from across four community conservancies in northern Kenya.

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We’re Coming to Chicago and San Francisco

Apr 29, 2016 | Categories: Donors, Staff | Leave A Comment »

Paul, Shivani, and Jeneria at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago last year. We are returning this year -- with Yesalai -- to attend the Wildlife Conservation Expo there on May 7.

We are coming to the U.S. this May to participate in the Wildlife Conservation Expo in Chicago and to give some talks. If you are in the area, please come join us. And please let us know if you are coming -- we would love to hear from you!

May 7th - Chicago Wildlife Conservation Expo at the Brookfield Zoo 10am-6pm. Our talk is at 11am in the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center (Savannah Room).

Click here for details and tickets: https://www.czs.org/Expo

May 17th - San Francisco Ewaso Lions reception and lecture at the Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN) office. 209 Mississippi Street, San Francisco Tuesday · May 17, 2016 6pm Reception 7pm Presentation Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 11 to kelly@wildnet.org

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Junior the Lion Kid

Apr 29, 2016 | Categories: Camp Life, Education, Staff | 2 Comments

Junior with his hero Jeneria.

This is the story of Junior, the 13-year-old “Lion Kid”. This boy’s story is worth sharing because Junior represents the bright outcome of conservation education. Junior hails from Westgate Conservancy in Samburu, northern Kenya.

Junior attended our Lion Kids Camp in 2014, which sparked Junior’s interest in conservation. By the end of the Camp, he was telling anyone who would listen that he wanted to be just like the warriors from Ewaso Lions.

Now, every time Jeneria and the field team head into Samburu National Reserve, Junior – who lives in a village bordering the Reserve – is watching, waiting for any chance to jump in their vehicle to go see lions or head back to camp with his new heroes.

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Male Lion Shot and Killed

Apr 22, 2016 | Categories: Uncategorized | 4 Comments

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 | 2 Comments

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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