Long days, harsh conditions, intense disputes, and sometimes heartache – lion conservation is hard work. And on some days it seems the challenges are insurmountable and it feels like we’re alone. Fortunately, this last part is not the case.
In Mozambique, the Niassa Lion Project is also working tirelessly with local people to conserve the lion population and improve livelihoods in the vast wilderness of Niassa National Park. Some of our staff recently spent a few days in Mozambique with the Niassa team to see their conservation programs, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges. The Niassa team had visited us in Kenya last year and the outcome was fantastic. Both Niassa Lion Project and Ewaso Lions are Partners in the Wildlife Conserva...
We are deep in the dry season in northern Kenya. The grass is gone, the Ewaso Nyiro River is low, people are struggling to graze their livestock and many have migrated north in search of pasture.
But the region’s large carnivores – lions, leopards, wild dogs, and others – are coping very well. Prey is easier for carnivores to find because they spend more time concentrated along water holes or the Ewaso Nyiro River, and are also more lethargic, making it easier for carnivores to ambush them.
The lions have been spending most of their time within the national reserves, hunting everything from warthog, to zebra to aardvark.
The Core Area in Westgate Conservancy, which is the region the community have set aside specifically as a ...
Our Warrior Watch programme uses the conservation model of engaging local people in direct conservation efforts. We started Warrior Watch in Westgate Community Conservancy in 2010 to train Samburu warriors in lion conservation; we provide education in return. Through Warrior Watch, local warriors are becoming aware about the importance of keeping lions alive, and helping their own communities protect livestock from lion attacks to reduce retaliation against the big cats and other large carnivores.
Our vision is to help create a broad network of warriors across northern Kenya who work to promote human-lion coexistence. This network of warriors teaching their own communities about conservation will have a bigger and more far-ranging impact...
Ewaso Lions recently trained 7 safari guides from various lodges in Samburu to join our Lion Watch program. This makes a total of 20 Lion Watch guides in Samburu, who collect important lion data while they are on their daily gamedrives.
The 2-day training session covered ecology, conservation, identifying and aging lions, Samburu’s lions, and how to collect data on smart phones.
The most enjoyable part of the training was a “naming ceremony” where the guides voted for their favorite names as we named Nanai’s and Nabulu’s 5 cubs. There were more than 25 names to choose from - all suggested according to features and personalities of the lions and names the guides liked. The votes were tallied up and the names given to the 5 cu...
Our team is really sad to say that Nabo, a lioness we have known since 2003, died on May 28th. On that Wednesday, Nabo became extremely sick and died soon after. A veterinarian arrived to perform a necropsy which revealed the cause of death to be a snake bite, most likely a puff adder.
We will miss Nabo immensely – she taught us a lot about Samburu lions. She was between 12 and 13 years of age and had given birth 6 times over the years - she was a fantastic mother, who raised all her cubs to adulthood. Although she is gone, her legacy remains....
[caption id="attachment_2839" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Nabo being greeted by one of her daughters.[/caption]