We are extremely excited to officially share a big announcement. For months and months, we have been hard at work to build a new home for the Ewaso Lions team. Today, we are sharing the first photos of what will be the new Ewaso Lions Conservation Camp!
Many of you have seen -- or even visited -- the Camp we have called home since 2008. Located in Westgate Conservancy, near Sasaab Lodge, just outside Samburu National Reserve, our old Camp was a make-shift and temporary base. In the beginning, we started with two small tents and a fly-sheet, and a "kitchen" made of burlap. We survived (sometimes barely it seems!) rainstorms that crushed our tents, scorching sun that ate our fly-sheets, and numerous pests that invaded our kitchen.
Last week, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced the African lion might get listed as 'Threatened' under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. To read an in-depth article on the listing, visit this National Geographic news article.
We at Ewaso Lions believe the listing of lions as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act is warranted given the substantial evidence of the population decline, loss of habitat, and ongoing threats facing lions across the continent.
In northern Kenya, where Ewaso Lions operates, lions face increasing threats from direct persecution from humans. Lions have been killed as a result of negative encounters between lions and pastoralists, primarily over livestock. Without additional conservation measures...
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...
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.
Here are some of our favourite p...
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...