Students See Ewaso Lions and A Leopard – Part 2

Nov 12, 2009 | Categories: Community, Education, Reserves | 2 Comments

Our first Kenyan Kids on Safari trip in Samburu was a huge success followed by another one with human-wildlife conflict expert, Nina Fascione.  We recently took 11 school kids out on another drive in Samburu and Buffalo Springs National Reserves.  Sasaab Lodge kindly provided their large vehicle and guide, Innocent, for the drive.  The children come from Lpus Leluai Primary School in West Gate.  Johnson the Headmaster struggled yet again to choose the kids however students that took part in the Simba Stories competition were all selected.  I was amazed at how some of them had drawn fantastic pictures of lions, yet had never seen a lion.

The game drive was fantastic.   I had driven around for 2 days prior to the student drive and had not seen lions or any of the cats.  But this time, we were soo lucky!  About half an hour into the drive, we saw Lguret, the collared maneless male lion. Soon after that we bumped into more of the lions from the Koitogor Pride – Nashipai and her cubs.  And about 10 minutes after that, the students got to see a leopard!  The kids were thrilled!  They had 4 small digital cameras to use and take photos with – I will be giving them copies of their photos soon so they can remember their experience.  They watched and learned about the big cats.  At the end of the day, they even sat an exam which had questions on some of the topics they were taught.  The kids did great and it was clear that they had benefited tremendously from the drive.  One of the students, Samson, said to me “Now I will find it much easier to draw lions”.

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Jeremiah and Legenas watch giraffes in the distance

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James watches Lguret sleeping under a tree

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Legenas and Jeremiah learn how to take photos

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Watching a leopard

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Group photo – some very happy kids!

Here are some of the photos that the students took themselves:

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A male gerenuk browses

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Lguret, the maneless male

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Leopard sleeping on an Acacia tree

Jeremiah had this to say after his safari:

“I say thank you for the great tour we had with you yesterday.  I was very happy to use cameras and binoculars and to see many animals like lions, giraffes, gerenuk, and much more.  Thank you also for the biscuits and milk you brought us!  I learned so much from your tour and I was so excited because it was the first time for me to see the above animals. It was so enjoyable”.

Cynthia had this to say:

“We were 5 boys and 5 girls when we went on a drive.  We started seeing animals when we entered the park.  One of the animals I saw was a lion and it was interesting because we were told his name was “Lguret”.  I was very happy to see so many of these animals.  I wish again one day we will go again and see many others.”

A huge special thanks to Kenyan Kids on Safari for donating the cameras and starting this programme and to Sasaab Lodge for being so enthusiastic about the drive and providing their vehicle.  I am really looking forward to more drives with the students  – hopefully over Christmas!

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» sauwah said: { Nov 15, 2009 - 05:11:14 }

the kids seemed so happy to be there; and that is good news for the lions, leopards and the rest of wildlife.

» Kriselda Burnett said: { Nov 18, 2009 - 04:11:22 }

How amazing that the kids have not seen their own native animals up close before! I just assumed they would be in more contact. I am coming to Samburu in December – I am so looking forward to seeing the animals and landscape of Samburuagain and hopefully the effects of the recent rains..