The following article by Ewaso Lions' own Paul Thomson first appeared on PBS' NOVA Next on April 2, 2014 with the title Coexisting with Carnivores - Why It's Not a Zero-Sum Game.
It was late in the summer, and the two young lions had been on a camel killing spree. Over a period of three months, they had entered the villages of the Samburu people at night and killed ten prized camels.
It wasn’t long before they paid the price. One hot, hazy day in early September, when the male lions were napping under a scraggly acacia tree, a group of five young men came upon them. The men fired their AK-47s. Lguret, whose name means “cowardly,” ran off. Loirish, who was the more aggressive of the pair, may have stood his ground. He may even ...
In Westgate Conservancy, where Ewaso Lions is based, the landscape is littered with plastic bags. Women purchase sugar, tea, and other items from local shops that always package them in plastic bags, and these are often discarded carelessly. Plastic bags can remain in the environment for thousands of years – they do not degrade, they break up into smaller pieces that spread widely across the area, and are hazardous for the wildlife, livestock, and small children living in Samburu. And in a stunning landscape like Samburu, they discarded bags is a major eyesore.
[caption id="attachment_2624" align="aligncenter" width="630"] A lion cub chews on a plastic bag. Discarded plastic bags pose a threat to lions and other wildlife. Photo by Jaco...
Until now, Ewaso Lions has engaged warriors, elders, and children. When women from the area were keen to get involved in conservation, they approached us for conservation training and education. Now, Ewaso Lions is working with Samburu women in a number of ways through our new programme, Mama Simba – which means Mothers of Lions.
Samburu women have rarely been actively included in conservation activities in northern Kenya. Yet, they spend a significant amount of time in wildlife areas as their demanding lifestyle includes fetching water, collecting firewood, and looking after livestock at times, which means they often come in contact with wildlife. And because women remain in the villages for much of the time while warriors and elders ...
[caption id="attachment_1362" align="alignright" width="150"] Shivani discusses predator ecology.[/caption]
The Ewaso Lions Project provides workshops and training sessions for wildlife scouts, warriors, and community members on a variety of conservation-related topics.
Scout & Ranger Training
We work with community conservancies to assist in training scouts and rangers in wildlife ecology and monitoring, the importance of conservation, minimizing human-predator conflict, and more. In 2011, we held three training sessions and trained a total of 45 scouts and rangers. Read more.
Through our Warrior Watch programme, we empower young Samburu morans, or warriors, in wildlife conservation management. Warriors rece...
The following story of a truly rare and spectacular event happened during our first Mama Simba game drive, when we took 32 Samburu women into the park to see lions. They got more than they bargained for. This blog was written by Jeneria Lekilele, Ewaso Lions Senior Field Officer.
After driving all over Samburu National Reserve looking for lions, we went for a short break to a beautiful clearing in the park. The ladies were quiet and kept asking us to see lions. We all split up and eventually found the lions. Everyone was so excited. In my car I had a lady with a little baby who started crying. I decided to drive further away from the lions so the lions would not be disturbed.
As I started driving towards the main river I saw many elep...