Posts Tagged ‘Drought’

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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Samburu Faces Another Drought

Mar 14, 2011 | Categories: Community, Westgate Conservancy | 1 Comment

hyena killed

Samburu has been hit yet again by another prolonged dry period.  The area was devastated in 2009 with a very severe drought which killed many animals; both livestock and wildlife.  People really struggled for water and it was a tough year.  Finally early 2010, it rained and floods washed through the area.  The area began to dry up quickly from July onwards.    In November 2010, we received a little rain but it was very localised and some areas such as Westgate Community Conservancy did not receive any rain at all.  We were hopeful in February as it looked like it was going to rain, and fortunately we received 15 mm in one morning.  It is amazing to see that with a little bit of rain, the grass begins to grow immediately and it actua...

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