Samson Picked as Delegate for Youth Forum for People and Wildlife

Mar 4, 2016 | Categories: Education, Staff | 2 Comments

On this World Wildlife Day, we are very pleased to announce that our own resident artist and scholar, Samon Lerosion, has been picked to be part of the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife.

In September, Samson will travel to South Africa to join 33 other inspiring young people from around the world to engage in skill building workshops, and explore conservation and wildlife welfare issues, including the impact of wildlife trade. They will convene just days before the 17th meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Samson was picked from nearly 1,000 applicants to join 33 other young people in Johannesburg. Photo by Kris Norvig.

Samson and the other delegates were selected from nearly 1,000 applicants, who exemplify a commitment in keeping with this year’s World Wildlife Day theme: “The Future of Wildlife is in Our Hands.”

Delegates hail from 25 different countries and represent a diversity of backgrounds. We are so proud of Samson and know that as a conservation artist, he will contribute a truly unique and important perspective to the Youth Forum.

Watch the video to meet Samson and the delegates.

Samson’s Amazing Story

Samson Lerosion is a gifted young artist and was our first sponsored secondary school student. Despite unimaginable challenges in his home life, he completed his secondary education at Wamba Boys High School in 2013. During his schooling, he showed a real promise as an artist and had a passion for wildlife, so we further sponsored him to attend Buruburu Institute of Fine Art in Nairobi. He completed the one-year course and is currently on staff with Ewaso Lions as our Resident Artist whilst he develops the skills needed to set up his own wildlife art business.

Watch Samson’s video introduction above.



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» Michelle said: { Mar 31, 2016 - 08:03:07 }

Congratulations Samson! Your mural pictured above is beautiful! Best wishes for a successful future combining your artistic talent and passion for wildlife conservation. I hope you have a wonderful time at the conference, and I’m excited that there are so many young people inspired to make a difference in the world!

{ Apr 29, 2016 - 06:04:45 } Junior the Lion Kid |