Posts Tagged ‘Lions’

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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New Cubs Born and Naramat’s Cubs Revealed

Jan 27, 2016 | Categories: Lions | 2 Comments

The cubs are about 9 months old.

Nine months ago, Naramat gave birth to cubs far out in the community area west of Samburu National Reserve. All this time, the lions hid in the hills and swamps of Westgate Community Conservancy. Our warriors and Lion Scouts monitored Naramat and her cubs, keeping a close eye on them to ensure their safety by communicating their whereabouts with herders, keeping livestock at a safe distance, and talking to communities about their importance to the area.

Our team only ever laying eyes on their tracks. Until now.

Just a few days ago, we saw their tracks in the Conservation Area near our Camp. We found them along the Ewaso Nyiro River. The cubs had never seen a car before and were very curious, if a little hesitant.

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Video: Lion with Broken Leg Examined by Wildlife Vets

Oct 2, 2015 | Categories: Lions | 5 Comments

Medical equipment closely monitored Lengwe's health during the examination. Photo © Ewaso Lions

Field report by Heather Gurd

On September 14th, we received a flurry of reports from our Lion Watch Guides that a young male lion had an injured leg and was unable to put any weight on it. Concerned, Jeneria and his field team left before dawn the next morning to locate and assess the situation. They found the injured lion and identified him as Lengwe, the 2-year-old son of Nanai from the Koitogor Pride.

Lengwe was unable to walk; being in such bad shape meant he might not be able to survive. Jeneria immediately contacted the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) veterinarian. Fortuitously, Dr. Mutinda was already in Samburu attending to an elephant issue. More good news for Lengwe was that his pride had made a kill. Lions obtain moisture ...

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Video: Lion Kills a Young Leopard

May 28, 2015 | Categories: Lions, Westgate Conservancy | Leave A Comment »

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Warning: This video contains images that may be considered graphic to some people. We are sharing this because it depicts an uncommon behavior; a natural event that is interesting from an ecological and scientific perspective.

Jeneria was in the Westgate Conservancy's Conservation Area and recorded this incredible scene. A small leopard was killed by lions in the early morning. The lions chased the leopard up a tree. When the leopard came down, a lion swiped it. With one cuff, it was dead.

The lions played with the body before moving on. Lions are known to kill other carnivores, since they are competing for the same resources, like prey. We estimate the leopard to be about less than one year old.

Its mother had two cubs – an...

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Lions Return to Westgate’s Conservation Area

Jan 5, 2015 | Categories: Lions, Westgate Conservancy | 6 Comments

Naramat has moved into the Westgate Conservancy with her son Lentim.

After an almost 2-year absence, lions have returned to the Conservation Area in Westgate. This area, also called the Core Area, is a 9km2 piece of habitat that was set aside by local people for wildlife and conservation.

Some of you might recall stories of a lioness named Magilani who made the Core Area her home between 2009 and 2011. Since Magilani disappeared, no lions have become residents in the Core Area.

But will this change?

Over the past few weeks we tracked several lions as they passed near our Camp here in Westgate Conservancy, using nearby luggas (dry riverbeds), then they entered the Core Area. We identified the lions as Naramat and Lentim, who were later joined by Napirai and Loiwotwa – Nashipai’s young cubs.

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