Ewaso Lions has always put local people at the center of our lion conservation programmes. We believe the long-term survival of lions and other carnivores depends on finding ways people can coexist with them. Our community-based conservation work engages and builds the capacity of all groups of people in the area: Samburu warriors, elders, women, commercial ranchers, and children.
We raise awareness of ecological problems and solutions, develop strategies for reducing conflict with carnivores (particularly pertaining to livestock predation), and illustrate the connection between wildlife and local livelihoods.
Samburu warriors have long been neglected in wildlife conservation, despite their important local knowledge of wildlife issues. We engage warriors and train participants to collect data on wildlife sightings and respond to community issues like livestock depredation. In exchange, they receive educational lessons and a leadership role in their communities. Together, we are creating a network of wildlife ambassadors in northern Kenya. Read about it here.
Lion Watch has two main aims: provide advanced training to safari guides to help them become experts on lion identification and ecology, which translates to a richer experience for their guests; and allow tourists to participate in research and conservation and increasing their awareness of conservation issues. This innovative project fills a long-standing gap in conservation by strengthening the collaboration between tourism professionals, conservationists, and tourists. Read more.
Lion Kids Camp
Our Lion Kids Camps invest in the next generation of Kenya’s conservationists. We host a multi-day camp for local children to experience their country’s incredible wildlife firsthand. The Camps use safaris, lessons, hands-on experiences, film, drama, and role-playing games to teach and inspire. Read about it here.
We empower Samburu women through education, conservation training, and environmental stewardship. Our Mama Simba programme provides alternative livelihood income through beaded handicrafts and reducing plastic consumption. We take women on game drives to see wildlife in a positive light. Read more.
We tap the influence of Samburu elders, known as ‘wazee’, to boost conservation and reduce the killing of lions. The decisions made by elders are often upheld and respected by the community. These Wazee have volunteered to be ambassadors for lion conservation by educating their communities on predator issues, developing solutions to reduce potential conflict, and actively responding to cases of human-wildlife conflict. Read about it here.
We work closely with local schools and help children learn about the wildlife in their home area. We provide scholarships for promising students to attend secondary school because young students are the bright future of conservation leadership. We built the Simba Library at a local school and filled it with great books. We support Wildlife Clubs at local schools, and donate binoculars and supplies. Read more.
Running For Lions – Each year, Ewaso Lions holds a race in Samburu that brings the community together while raising awareness about lions.
Wildlife Cinema – We show wildlife films in rural villages on special nights. This gives local people a rare opportunity to experience wildlife close-up in a safe environment.
Simba Stories – A book of lion poems, stories, myths, and illustrations made by students from a local primary school. We distribute copies to local schools and offer the book for sale – the proceeds go to support the schools’ Wildlife Clubs. Available to buy online here.