Running For Lions
Ewaso Lions periodically holds Running For Lions races in Samburu. The goal of these special community events is to increase awareness of the importance of lion conservation, build community cohesion, and have fun.
Through the years, we have worked with partners Sasaab Lodge / The Safari Collection, Westgate Conservancy, and Carter Safaris to host the race. We have sponsored the winners of both the adults’ and kids’ races in the famous Lewa Safaricom Marathon.
In the area of conservation education, language and culture can be a barrier. But, the power of film is universal. With this in mind, we launched our Wildlife Cinema programme to provide a new channel for wildlife education. By showing wildlife films in rural villages, people get to see wildlife closer than ever before in a safe, non-hostile setting.
Our Mobile Film Unit consists of a portable generator, a DVD player, a projector, speakers, and a white bed sheet that serves as a screen. We have traveled through Samburu and Marsabit Counties to show films on lions, elephants, water resources, rhino conservation, poaching, and many other subjects. The films − some of which were donated by the African Environmental Film Foundation − are produced in Swahili and the local Maa language, which make them more accessible to local communities.
Many people we work with have never seen film of any sort and observe the moving images of wildlife in awe. Audiences are enthralled by scenes with lions, endlessly amused by the antics of hyenas, and impressed to see cheetahs running at great speeds.
Currently, our Wildlife Cinema programme is on hold while we assess and evaluate the programme for the future.