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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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Chalisa Moves to Lewa

Apr 14, 2017 | Categories: Community, Lions, Research, Reserves | Leave A Comment »

Chalisa in Buffalo Springs in 2013

We are thrilled to report that a young male lion who we last saw in Buffalo Springs National Reserve in November 2013, has been sighted in Lewa Wildlife Conservancy.  The Lewa lion research team led by Mary Mwololo alerted us that a new male had appeared in Lewa in January and sent us photos. We looked through our lion database and through whisker spot identification, we confirmed that the male in Lewa was indeed Chalisa - the Buffalo Springs male.

Since he was found in Lewa, Chalisa has been collared as part of a wider dispersal study (with Lion Landscapes) across the landscape.  We are keeping a close eye on him and grateful to work with our partners in Lewa, Lion Landscapes, and the local communities, to ensure continued mov...

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Rains Arrive in Samburu Bringing Relief to People and Wildlife

Nov 27, 2016 | Categories: Lions, Reserves | 2 Comments

Nanai sits just after the first rains.

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!

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Injured Vulture Rescued and Released Back Into the Wild

Jul 27, 2016 | Categories: Reserves | Leave A Comment »

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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...

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