Lions Move Through a Challenging Landscape

Jul 31, 2017 | Categories: Lions, Research | 4 Comments

Since the arrival of the 4 new males in April, we have seen a marked change in the movement patterns of Loeku and Lguret.

Fortunately, Loeku – the four-year old son of Nashipai – was collared in February and, as a result, we have been able to closely monitor his movements through daily collar downloads. This data showed how Loeku moved out of Buffalo Springs, where he had been resident for a while, and headed south to Isiolo town.  Unfortunately, he then became stuck inside a farm and was forced to move back towards Buffalo Springs and the community conservancies south of here. Eventually, Loeku moved around the big hills and headed to Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. However, his time here was also short-lived; after just 48 hours he headed straight back towards Westgate Conservancy.This is the first time that we have been able to accurately document this vital corridor connecting Lewa to the north.

Loeku comes close to Isiolo town

Whilst in Westgate, Loeku united with Lguret (who was captured on our camera trap a few times!) and both males have remained together since then.  The two males have been staying very close to the Ewaso Nyiro River, hiding in thick Salvadora (toothbrush tree) bushes inside the Core Conservation Area.

Lguret, captured on our camera trap, in June

Loeku seen in June in the Conservation Area

The next few months will be critical for these males.  We are especially keen to see how 4-year old Loeku tries to find a new home with females, and how 11-year old Lguret will survive in this challenging landscape, surrounded by people and with a limited food source.

Lguret keenly watches hyaena as he guards a carcass in June

The collaring work is part of a study looking at dispersal in young male lions, and is being done in partnership with Lion Landscapes.

4 People have left comments on this post

» Lynn said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 10:08:52 }

Thank you for discussing this important issue! Preserving the corridors that allow lions and other animals to move between protected areas is a critical part of wildlife conservation!

» Sau said: { Aug 10, 2017 - 02:08:56 }

Is just extremely hard to survive to adulthood for any male

» Michael Njiru said: { Aug 18, 2017 - 02:08:58 }

Great work done by Ewaso lions. It shows practically that natural regeneration does occurs for both fauna and flora upon conservation. Lets beget back our nature. Heko!

» Ben ole Sururu said: { Aug 31, 2017 - 07:08:41 }

Amazing work Ewaso lions, the rare species are facing habit extinction. It takes a passion to make pastoral communities understand that lions are part of them.