Vehicles Separates Lion Cub From Mother

Sep 30, 2014 | Categories: Lions, Reserves | 3 Comments

The 1-year-old cub Loeku was separated from his pride when a safari vehicle got too close.

Several days ago, a 1-year-old lion cub named Loeku was separated from his mother and the rest of the pride in Samburu National Reserve.

Tourism vehicles in the park overcrowded and disturbed the lions, causing the mother to split from the cub as they moved in different directions. Our field teams spent days searching for the lions. Shivani and Letoiye stayed with Loeku whilst Jeneria and Lpuresi searched for Nanai, Nabulu and the rest of the cubs. They found them over 10 kilometres away from Loeku.

We were concerned that the lions were too far apart to find one another. We called for support from the rangers in Samburu National Reserve and our Lion Watch guides. Everyone helped in keeping an eye on Loeku and ensuring no other veh...

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Nashipai Not Seen For Weeks

Sep 29, 2014 | Categories: Lions | 1 Comment

The last sighting of Nashipai. We hope to locate this wonderful old lioness again soon.

I have known Nashipai for over 12 years. Through the years, this beautiful lioness has taught me everything I know about Samburu lions and has been a personal favourite of mine.

She has had many cubs over the years and is the best hunter we know. Two years ago she had 3 cubs and over the past 6 months has been sticking to them closely.

But now she is getting old and is struggling to keep up with her cubs, her teeth are worn and she has been attacking livestock since January.

We have not seen her for the past few weeks. We've been seeing her 3 cubs roam Samburu but are managing to hunt alone successfully. Jeneria and the warriors are searching for her and we hope to locate her soon.

- Shivani

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Mama Simba Women Continue Litter Removal Campaign

Aug 27, 2014 | Categories: Community, Westgate Conservancy | 3 Comments

Women from our Mama Simba program participated and received a reusable shopping bag.

Last week we organized another clean-up effort with women from our Mama Simba program to remove litter from the landscape and replace plastic bags with reusable tote bags.

The women collected more than 2,000 pieces of plastics and metals from in and around Sasaab village in Westgate Conservancy, Samburu. The women learned how plastics can be harmful when burned or when thrown into the rivers.

Like last time, Sasaab Lodge assisted in the effort and took the trash away for recycling.

The excitement of the women was contagious. Spirits were high, kids were laughing and helping, and after 3 hours of collecting plastics…not a single smile had left their faces. “Before I would always wait for Sasaab river to flow which is a...

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How Ewaso Lions Adapts to Climate Change

Aug 26, 2014 | Categories: Lions | Leave A Comment »

The real effects of climate change in Kenya mean we have to adapt our work to increasing climate unpredictability.

This article was originally posted on ClimatePrep

By Alison Clausen, as told by Shivani Bhalla, Ewaso Lions

Ewaso Lions was established in 2007 with the aim of conserving Kenya’s lions and other large carnivores by promoting coexistence between people and wildlife. We focus on sound science, education, and capacity building to foster support for conservation and help guide the long-term conservation management of lions in community areas. We work in an area that covers over 2647.8 km2, which includes three National Reserves and adjacent community conservancies in northern Kenya.

This area is critical for lion conservation at a larger national scale because the resident lions provide genetic diversity to lion populations outside t...

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Lions and Crocodile Battle Over Elephant Carcass

Aug 21, 2014 | Categories: Lions, Reserves | 9 Comments

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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