For five days, our team climbed Mt Kenya for one purpose: protecting lions. What began as an adventure to strengthen our team turned into something much more. Thanks to many of you, we were able to raise nearly $20,000 for our lion conservation programmes. And at the same time, we used our expedition to raise awareness among people around the world that Kenya's lions are in serious trouble.
Updated: We did it! We completed our goal of raising $20,000 for lion conservation. Thanks to everyone who contributed!! Video available here: https://youtu.be/LEJTLcJiFjk
Here we tell the story of our expedition through photos.
The team consists of 18 members: 14 Ewaso Lions staff, 1 of our sponsored students, 1 board member, and 2 friends of ...
We have exciting and hopeful news to report as we approach the end of 2016. Nabulu had cubs recently!
The cubs are doing well and we are excited to see the population grow with the arrival of these little ones. We currently monitor 50 lions in our Samburu study area.
Our campaign is off to a great start towards raising $20,000 for lion conservation by climbing Mt Kenya in January.
We can't reach the top alone.
You can join our expedition no matter where in the world you are by becoming a fundraiser or champion for our cause.
Top 5 easy ways to get involved:
1) Make a donation to the campaign: http://bit.ly/ClimbForLions
2) Set up a a crowd-funding page and tell your friends. The funds you raise will get directed into our campaign. It's easy. Watch that meter climb to the goal!
3) Use our special graphics as your Facebook profile photo. These great images were made for us by one of our supporters -- if you have your own creative ideas for contributing to the cause like this, let us kno...
After months of scorching sun and dry heat, the rains have finally reached us in Samburu. It is amazing how quickly the landscape changes and becomes green once again.
The river levels are higher and wildlife is taking advantage of new water holes.
> Watch our team celebrate with the arrival of the first rains.
During the dry season, local communities, their livestock, and wildlife really struggle with lack of water sources and vegetation, and searing temperatures. The carnivores, however, thrive. They stay close to the green patches near the river where herbivores congregate, allowing them good hunting opportunities.
We hope the rains continue!
"We are losing lions all the time. There are 20,000 lions left in Africa. Less than 2,000 lions left in Kenya. Lions deserve better."
These were some of the powerful words spoken by Shivani at the Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in San Francisco last month. Below you can watch the full presentation which includes a moving segment delivered by Jeneria.
Through the course of the talk, they describe the plight of lions not just in Kenya but across Africa, and the range of conservation programmes we use to empower local communities to protect the lions they live alongside.
We were so thankful to the hundreds of people who came to our talk and met with us throughout the Expo. We hope Shivani's final message reaches people so that...