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!
Watch this video of a rescued White-backed Vulture – a critically endangered species – being released back into the wild.
In June, the vulture was found on the ground in Buffalo Springs National Reserve and unable to fly. After fast action by the Peregrine Fund and Raptor Working Group, the vulture was taken to the Kenya Bird of Prey Trust in Naivasha for rehabilitation.
On the 11th of July, we participated in the bird's release back into BSNR. We were excited to watch as the young vulture successfully flew off. Prior to the release, the team from the Peregrine Fund and Raptor Working Group spoke to local rangers and wardens about vultures and threats to their survival, including how vultures often become indirect targets o...
Our 2015 Annual Report has just been released and is available to download as a PDF. It contains highlights from 2015 in terms of conservation impact, operational growth, and important results that we were able to deliver thanks to your support.
The report was designed to give you a clear understanding of our work and our impact, with beautiful layouts and images. The report covers:
How we transform human-lion conflict;
Our community conservation programs like Lion Kids Camp and Mama Simba;
Using research and science to monitor lions and measure their survival across the landscape;
We hope you enjoy it. Please share your feedback - we love hearing from you.
Download the 2015 Annual Report here
It saddens us to announce that two lion cubs died early Thursday morning in Buffalo Springs National Reserve in northern Kenya. Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) vets have taken the bodies of the one and a half year-old cubs to Nairobi for testing to confirm the cause of death.
It is thought that the lions, belonging to the Ngare Mara Pride, may have been poisoned.
The Ewaso Lions team, together with KWS and Buffalo Springs National Reserve authorities, were present at the scene during the day. Jeneria was later able to locate the rest of the pride close by and we are relieved to report that the other three cubs and their mothers are fine.
Update 29 July: As of the 29th, the remaining cubs and their mothers are well. The cubs ...
This might be the cutest thing on the Internet. On Friday, whilst out in the field looking for lions, our team came across two young elephant calves making the most of the recent rains in Samburu (in northern Kenya). Here they are happily frolicking in a muddy waterhole with the rest of their family.
These two calves, which are about six months old, were with a group of eight or so elephants that had convened at this water hole. After months of extreme dryness, you can really see their joy as they take a mud bath.
We are still smiling after this very special sighting.