Shivani Receives PhD From University of Oxford

Jul 31, 2017 | Categories: Education, Lions, Research | 21 Comments

We are very excited to announce that Founder & Executive Director of Ewaso Lions, Shivani Bhalla, received her PhD from the University of Oxford in July.

“This has been a long journey and I am very relieved to have finally completed my PhD (known as a DPhil at Oxford). This was only possible thanks to the enormous support I received from my family, friends and the Ewaso Lions team who gave me so much strength, space and time to finally wrap it up.  My thesis focuses on lions in community areas and what they need in order to survive with people.  The findings of my thesis have already helped lions in Samburu and will continue to do so.  I dedicated it to Jeremy Lucas, who passed away a year ago and loved Samburu, its lions and people so much, and supported me immensely throughout the process.

I was thrilled to graduate in Oxford in July, with my family and Jeneria who represented the entire team.  Thank you to everyone who supported me along the way. It is now finally official!”

Shivani graduates at Oxford in July

21 People have left comments on this post

» Mark Ross said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 09:08:23 }

Dear Shivani,
I am down in Zanzibar and got the latest Ewaso Lions newsletter, and was just absolutely thrilled to see you got your PhD in July. It must e a huge relief to have that behind you now, and to be so acredited as well. Congratulations. Cheers, mark

» Moses Cheruiyot said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 01:08:35 }

Dear Shivani,

I am really happy to read about your efforts in lions conservation in Samburu. For one to reach and accomplish what you’ve accomplished through the ups and downs on the way to your destination, means ‘sweating with trust and hope’. CONGRATULATIONS Shivani and May the Almighty God grant you strength and bless the work of your hands in your daily activities as you help conservation and community. CHEERS

» Alan & Victoria Peacock said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 02:08:50 }

Congratulations! You are truly our hero!
That is a tremendous accomplishment.
We admire your persistence in all things!

» NORE ROGERS said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 02:08:11 }



Thank you again for all you do on behalf of lions.

» Paul White said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 04:08:14 }

Congratulations, Shivani! Your dedication is being rewarded both through this honor and in the results you are achieving – and still inspiring – at Ewaso Lions. With best wishes for continuing success.

» secky fascione said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 06:08:05 }

Woot woot! way to go, Shivani! So proud to know you and the amazing folks at Ewaso.


» Lynda Macdonald said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 06:08:12 }

Congratulations Shivani! This is a remarkable achievement. You do wonderful work and I always enjoy reading about Ewaso lions and their progress.
Lynda, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

» maggie said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 07:08:35 }


YOu are truly a “SHERO”!! WIth your grit and determination, combined with your passion, intelligence, dedication and commitment to the Ewaso lions, you have scaled another peak with this PhD! I feel honored to know you and help support the work you are doing on behalf of preserving this beautiful species and empowering the Samburu communities. You have helped the Mama Simbas become empowered and a force for good in the world! Looking forward to seeing you in October at the WCN Expo in San Francisco!!!

» Jayne De Lawter said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 09:08:39 }

Congratulations, Shivani!
A puppy, a bus, and a PhD – all in the last month! You’re truly amazing.
Thanks for being such a gracious and inspiring host for us in mid-July. We loved being with you, the Mama Simbas and warriors, and everyone working with you at Ewaso Lions.
See you in San Francisco in October! All the best, Jayne

» meryt harding said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 09:08:41 }

Congratulations Shivani! Thank you for being such a hard working , compassionate, intelligent and wonderful person! Big hug Meryt x

» Namita Dalal said: { Aug 3, 2017 - 10:08:09 }

Congratulations Shivani! You are truly an inspiration!

» Jeff & Shay Morris said: { Aug 4, 2017 - 03:08:07 }

Shivani: very impressive accomplishment! Shay and I recall fondly our visit to Samburu and Ewaso Lion World headquarters! You now range from the outback to academia! See you at WCN Conference in October.

» Jeff and Shay Morris said: { Aug 4, 2017 - 04:08:47 }

Congratulations Shivani!!! This is just wonderful news! I can’t tell you how
happy Jeff and I are for you. You are just wonderful in so many ways! We
love you.
Jeff and Shay Morris

» Patrick Webb said: { Aug 4, 2017 - 07:08:30 }

Congrats Shivani! ^5 Thank you for all you do.

» Leslie Roach said: { Aug 4, 2017 - 08:08:20 }

This is an enormous achievement, Shivani, for you, for your team and for the lions of Samburu and all of us who know the great work you do!

» Sudie Rakusin said: { Aug 4, 2017 - 08:08:36 }

Shivani- congratulations! You are truly an amazing woman who fills me and others with hope. I admire and respect and love you.

» Nicola Reynolds said: { Aug 5, 2017 - 11:08:22 }

Shiv, a huge Congratulations. Bloody well done! Wishing you every success with the many projects, & delighted Nanyori has found a new home with you & Kura. Nic

» Rikki & Jack Swenson said: { Aug 6, 2017 - 09:08:53 }

Congratulations Shiv!!!! This news brought tears of happiness for you, all your hard work, and amazing accomplishments. We wish you the best always. -Rikki & Jack-

» Patti Rottmund said: { Aug 8, 2017 - 07:08:58 }

Shivani, it is truly remarkable all the love and support shown here from your friends and colleges. I do not know you but I still marvel at the accomplishments and achievements you have made in your lifetime. I also support you in my heart and mind and with as much monetary as I can afford toward your goals and accomplishments. Please keep up the great work for these magnificent creatures. I shall keep you in my prayers. God bless Patti

» Michael Njiru said: { Aug 18, 2017 - 02:08:46 }

Congratulations Shivani. You have done a great job that warrants you to get the award. Proceed on.

» Mary and Allen Whittemore said: { Aug 24, 2017 - 01:08:54 }

Congratulations Shivani!! What an incredible accomplishment. Thank you so much for all your dedication,devotion, hard work and love for the people, the land and the lions of Samburu. You are amazing and making a huge difference. We are deeply inspired by Ewaso Lions!!
With love, Mary and Allen