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The Warriors Need You

Nov 17, 2017 | Categories: Community, Donors, Lions, Staff, Warriors | 1 Comment

On a dry and dusty night, the night sky of Kenya rises above Jeneria and his team of Samburu warriors on the banks of the Ewaso Nyiro River.  They are relaxing after a hard day of tracking lions in their Landcruiser 4x4, collaring one, and checking on the health of two young cubs. Suddenly, the radio crackles with anger and panic.  A lioness has killed a cow. The villagers are furious and heading out to kill her.

Jeneria, his fellow Warrior, Yesalai and others in the Warrior Watch team jump into the vehicle and head for the far away village. They are greeted by angry warriors who are ready to track the lion. As Jeneria tries to reason with them, shouts fill the arid landscape.  Calmly, a few Ewaso Lions Warriors listen to the villager...

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Warrior & Mama Simba Adventures

Nov 16, 2017 | Categories: Community, Education, Lions, Staff, Training, Warriors | Leave A Comment »

Young cub in one of the prides

In September, our team of Warriors visited the Maasai Mara in southern Kenya - for some - this was their first time leaving Samburu.  The objective of the trip was to learn about conservation in a new landscape. In the Mara there is less human-predator conflict than in other areas because of the larger amount of grazing land available to support large wild herbivores. The presence of these populations of herbivores means lions have enough natural prey and do not turn to killing livestock out of desperation.

Our team drove down across Kenya and spent 1.5 days in the Mara. The team saw over 30 lions in that short period and new animal species they hadn't seen before such as topi, rhino, hippo and thousands of wildebeest who were moving th...

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Ewaso Lions Celebrates 10 Years of Conservation!

Nov 15, 2017 | Categories: Camp Life, Community, Education, Lions, Research, Staff, Warriors | Leave A Comment »

Naramat along the Ewaso Nyiro river in Westgate

Ewaso Lions is 10 years old! In honour of our tenth anniversary, here are some of our stories and highlights: Early Days Ewaso Lions was founded by Shivani Bhalla in 2007. Originally, Shivani explored northern Kenya in her Suzuki, looking for lions and investigating their habitats.  Her vehicle was her home, office, and kitchen. From Shaba to Samburu to Westgate, Shivani and her Suzuki travelled, in drought and in rain dedicated to finding an answer to her question – can lions and communities live alongside each other?

Seven Years of Tent Collapses Our home base has changed over the years. In 2008, we set up a small camp in Westgate Conservancy, using some old tents to make a basic kitchen and office. One solar panel powere...

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Video: Our Expedition Up Mount Kenya for Lions

Feb 9, 2017 | Categories: Camp Life, Donors, Staff | 2 Comments

In January, we organised a team expedition up Mount Kenya. The five day trek was an unforgettable experience as we climbed to 3,985 meters (16,300 ft). In doing this, we were able to drew attention to the dramatic decline of lions in Africa, and we raised $20,000 for lion conservation.

We put together this fun video showing highlights from the expedition. Enjoy!

 

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Lion Scouts Capture Data on Lions and Livestock

Jan 27, 2017 | Categories: Research, Staff | Leave A Comment »

Every day, our Ewaso Lions Scouts put on their uniforms and head into the bush on patrol. The three Scouts bring an important research element to our conservation work. By collecting baseline data and monitoring long term lion and wildlife population trends, we can measure the progress of our work and design new activities that ultimately promote lion conservation.

Scouts are trained on all aspects of wildlife conservation including conflict mitigation, carnivore ecology, the importance of carnivores, GPS tracking and more. Scouts monitor lion and wildlife movement, gather data on abundance and distribution, and serve as wildlife ambassadors by spreading the conservation message to their communities.

Meet the Scouts The Ewaso Lio...

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