Archive for the ‘Lions’ Category

Lions Move Through a Challenging Landscape

Jul 31, 2017 | Categories: Lions, Research | 4 Comments

Lguret, captured on our camera trap, in June

Since the arrival of the 4 new males in April, we have seen a marked change in the movement patterns of Loeku and Lguret.

Fortunately, Loeku – the four-year old son of Nashipai - was collared in February and, as a result, we have been able to closely monitor his movements through daily collar downloads. This data showed how Loeku moved out of Buffalo Springs, where he had been resident for a while, and headed south to Isiolo town.  Unfortunately, he then became stuck inside a farm and was forced to move back towards Buffalo Springs and the community conservancies south of here. Eventually, Loeku moved around the big hills and headed to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. However, his time here was also short-lived; after just 48 hours he heade...

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Naramat Has 4 Cubs

Jul 31, 2017 | Categories: Community, Lions | 5 Comments

Naramat's cubs

We are really excited to announce that Naramat gave birth to 4 cubs in Westgate. This is the 3rd time she has had cubs (in different areas), and also the 3rd time in the past 10 years that a lioness has given birth and successfully raised her cubs in this community area. This has not been easy - it has taken years of community engagement, meetings, wildlife safaris with community members, daily patrolling by our team of warriors and scouts, quick response to conflict incidents and round the clock lion monitoring.  Most of the community in Westgate have now embraced lion conservation and everyone knows Naramat and her cubs.

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Shivani Receives PhD From University of Oxford

Jul 31, 2017 | Categories: Education, Lions, Research | 21 Comments

Shivani graduates at Oxford in July

We are very excited to announce that Founder & Executive Director of Ewaso Lions, Shivani Bhalla, received her PhD from the University of Oxford in July.

"This has been a long journey and I am very relieved to have finally completed my PhD (known as a DPhil at Oxford). This was only possible thanks to the enormous support I received from my family, friends and the Ewaso Lions team who gave me so much strength, space and time to finally wrap it up.  My thesis focuses on lions in community areas and what they need in order to survive with people.  The findings of my thesis have already helped lions in Samburu and will continue to do so.  I dedicated it to Jeremy Lucas, who passed away a year ago and loved Samburu, its lions and peop...

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New Males Arrive in Samburu

May 2, 2017 | Categories: Lions, Reserves | 6 Comments

Three of the new male lions

We are excited to report that four new males (who have manes!) have arrived in Samburu.  This is the first time since 2008 that we have had new lions here.  When they arrived, Lguret, our old resident male crossed the river in to Buffalo Springs and has remained there mainly. Loeku, another young 3 year old male, also went to Buffalo Springs.  The new males have been mainly seen in Samburu with the Koitogor Pride.  Nabulu lost one of her cubs after the males killed it the day after they arrived. Infanticide is common when males take over a pride although it is the first time we have encountered this.

Since the males arrived, they have been mating with the pride females. We are excited about this recent event as it means the lion popu...

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Human-Lion Conflict Increases During Drought in Samburu

Apr 14, 2017 | Categories: Community, Lions, Other news, Reserves, Westgate Conservancy | 2 Comments

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The Ewaso Nyiro River dried up in early January causing immense challenges for the wildlife, the local people and their livestock in the region.  Wildlife and livestock congregated at small waterholes, and human-lion conflict increased during this time.  Our team remained extra vigilant and responded quickly to conflict incidents. Carnivores stayed close to the river and were seen frequently  -including lions, cheetahs, leopard and the endangered wild dogs.

Together with our partners, we dug waterholes in the dry river and set up camera traps at night to see which animals came to drink from them.  In early April, some rain arrived and the normally dry river beds flowed for the first time in years. The Ewaso Nyiro Rive...

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