Posts Tagged ‘Ewaso Nyiro River’

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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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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A Glimpse Inside the Ewaso Lion Project by Guest Blogger Pascal Fournié

Aug 15, 2011 | Categories: Donors | 2 Comments


Today’s post was written by Pascal Fournié, founder and president of Afrique Horizons, a French organization that promotes conservation in Africa. Pascal visited Samburu in July and spent several days with Jeneria, our Field Officer. Here is his account.

The first time I went to Samburu was in 1990. During the next twenty years, I got the chance to come back several times when I worked for a French tourism company as a tour-guide. But last month, I got a wonderful opportunity to stay in Samburu for 9 days (special thanks to Laure Boisgard). I shall never forget my experience with Jeneria of Ewaso Lions. Let me tell you the story…

In contact with Shivani since last year, I told her I was planning to spend at least a week to follow...

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New Mother Lionesses Kill a Warthog

Jul 15, 2011 | Categories: Research | 4 Comments

Nashipai and Nabo, our two resident lionesses in Samburu National Reserve recently gave birth and we have been monitoring them closely over the past few weeks.  Whilst watching the two females resting along the Ewaso Nyiro River a few days ago, a family of unsuspecting warthogs stumbled across the lionesses.  Nabo quickly caught one of them and whilst suffocating it, Nashipai proceeded to feed on the warthog. The timing was perfect – Nashipai was looking thin and in need of a meal and with young ones to care for, it was important that she fed that day.  The lionesses fed on the warthog for a few hours and went down to the river to drink before resting in a shady area.  Here are the photos of their successful kill.

Nashipai resting al...

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Ewaso Lions Needs Your Help Today!

May 21, 2011 | Categories: Donors | 5 Comments

Today, we have a very special blog written by one of our key supporters, Chip Owen.  Chip, who lives in San Diego, CA, has been a long time donor and advocate for conservation projects in Africa and serves on the boards of various non-profits.  He regularly returns to Kenya where he is especially involved in Samburu.  Chip asked to write a blog and here are his thoughts...

As most of you know, I recently returned from an extended trip to Kenya including a stay at the Ewaso Lion’s camp. I asked Shivani if it would be ok for me to write about some of my thoughts on the trip and she has been gracious enough to allow me to post my thoughts. As Shivani had already told you, my visit included a wonderful camping trip to the Mara with Shi...

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