Posts Tagged ‘Climate’

Rains Arrive in Samburu Bringing Relief to People and Wildlife

Nov 27, 2016 | Categories: Lions, Reserves | 2 Comments

Nanai sits just after the first rains.

After months of scorching sun and dry heat, the rains have finally reached us in Samburu. It is amazing how quickly the landscape changes and becomes green once again.

The river levels are higher and wildlife is taking advantage of new water holes.

> Watch our team celebrate with the arrival of the first rains.

During the dry season, local communities, their livestock, and wildlife really struggle with lack of water sources and vegetation, and searing temperatures. The carnivores, however, thrive. They stay close to the green patches near the river where herbivores congregate, allowing them good hunting opportunities.

We hope the rains continue!


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Video: The Ewaso Nyiro River Flows Again

Mar 27, 2015 | Categories: Other news, Reserves | 1 Comment

The Ewaso Nyiro River dried up completely in February here in Samburu. Some stretches near Westgate still had a few pools of water but by the end of February, these were totally dry. We saw elephants and other wildlife dig for water but as the dry spell continued, the water levels were so low, that water was harder to come by.

Ewaso Lions, together with Warriors from Warrior Watch, ladies from Mama Simba, partnered with Westgate Conservancy rangers and dug 6 large waterholes in the dry river. Over the following days, we saw numerous wildlife species drink from the holes.

On the 22nd of March, we finally saw rain in the distance and even got a few drops.  But the river did not flow.

Finally, on the 23rd of March, our Lion Scout, Fr...

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The First Rains Arrive and Break the Dry Spell in Samburu

Mar 27, 2015 | Categories: Camp Life, Other news | 1 Comment

Happy elephants, wet from the rain.

We just had three incredibly challenging days in the field. Our team of warriors (Marco, Yesalai, Lesiamito, Lekoyo and Letoiye) and I were heading back to camp, exhausted, grubby, and overwhelmed. The winds were strong and there was dust blowing everywhere.

As we were driving, we suddenly smelled rain – that unmistakably rich, earthy smell – in the distance. All of us stuck our heads out of the car, sniffing the air with big smiles on our faces.  Marco told me it was exactly what the cows do when they smell the first rains: stick their noses up towards the smell of the rain.

Suddenly, the first rain drops arrived and there was loud cheering in the car as the warriors recited “Ngai! Ngai!” (“God” in the Samburu langua...

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Digging Water Holes for Wildlife and People During The Drought

Mar 23, 2015 | Categories: Community, Other news, Westgate Conservancy | Leave A Comment »

Ewaso Lions staff and community members dig side-by-side to create water holes for people and wildlife in Samburu.

The Ewaso Nyiro river is one of the only permanent sources of freshwater in the region. It acts as a vital lifeline both for wildlife and the local people and their livestock. Yet, with no significant rainfall here in several months the river is empty and landscape is getting drier and dustier with each passing day.

Whilst carnivores tend to thrive during the dry season, it can be a challenging time for other species. This month, Ewaso Lions gathered together an enthusiastic team of “diggers”, including Ewaso Lions staff, members of our Warrior Watch and Mama Simba programmes, and several Westgate Conservancy Rangers.

Our mission: to dig waterholes for wildlife and the local community.

We arrived at the dry Ewaso Nyiro Riv...

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How Ewaso Lions Adapts to Climate Change

Aug 26, 2014 | Categories: Lions | Leave A Comment »

The real effects of climate change in Kenya mean we have to adapt our work to increasing climate unpredictability.

This article was originally posted on ClimatePrep

By Alison Clausen, as told by Shivani Bhalla, Ewaso Lions

Ewaso Lions was established in 2007 with the aim of conserving Kenya’s lions and other large carnivores by promoting coexistence between people and wildlife. We focus on sound science, education, and capacity building to foster support for conservation and help guide the long-term conservation management of lions in community areas. We work in an area that covers over 2647.8 km2, which includes three National Reserves and adjacent community conservancies in northern Kenya.

This area is critical for lion conservation at a larger national scale because the resident lions provide genetic diversity to lion populations outside t...

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