Posts Tagged ‘Lion Watch’

New Guides Added to Lion Watch

Jun 25, 2014 | Categories: Training | 2 Comments

The seven new Lion Watch Guides holding their certificates after the training.

Ewaso Lions recently trained 7 safari guides from various lodges in Samburu to join our Lion Watch program. This makes a total of 20 Lion Watch guides in Samburu, who collect important lion data while they are on their daily gamedrives.

The 2-day training session covered ecology, conservation, identifying and aging lions, Samburu’s lions, and how to collect data on smart phones.

The most enjoyable part of the training was a “naming ceremony” where the guides voted for their favorite names as we named Nanai’s and Nabulu’s 5 cubs. There were more than 25 names to choose from - all suggested according to features and personalities of the lions and names the guides liked. The votes were tallied up and the names given to the 5 cu...

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Training the First Lion Watch Guides

May 31, 2013 | Categories: Reserves, Training | 1 Comment

The first group of Lion Watch Guides in Kenya! Photo by Tony Allport.

Our new and unique Lion Watch programme was launched in April as we embarked on a 2-day training workshop for invited guides and rangers resident in Samburu National Reserve. I received assistance on the training from Dr. Irene Amoke from Oxford Brookes University who was well versed on the technological aspects of the training.

The training started with an exam!  Unknown to the guides, I had to have some form of measure of impact and see how much they already knew. They all willingly sat the exam and I was able to gauge their knowledge of the lions and prides in the area. It was good to see how the two male lions – Loirish and Lguret – are very well known.

Following the exam, I covered how Lion Watch works and also gave a de...

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Launching new Lion Watch program to unite tourism and conservation

May 15, 2013 | Categories: Reserves, Training | 4 Comments

Rosemary from Sasaab Lodge receives her Lion Watch training certificate. (Photo by Tony Allport)

Over the years we have seen countless tourists come and enjoy Kenya’s lions, and we are always amazed how many are unaware that lions are in serious trouble. We also know that hundreds of tourists and their guides are in the national reserves every day looking for lions, covering more ground than our team could ever manage alone. Lastly, we’ve had many requests through the years by safari guides to teach them how to identify the individual lions because they’ve come to know the animals and want to tell their guests more about them.

So we designed a new program that addresses these opportunities. After months of preparations, we are excited to officially launch Lion Watch, a unique partnership between the tourism community and conse...

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