Posts Tagged ‘Magilani’

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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Video: Lion Cubs Hunt a Monkey in the River

Aug 24, 2011 | Categories: Lions | 1 Comment


Heather Gurd, Ewaso Lions volunteer, writes in depth about her experience watching lions make a kill!

Observing lions and other predators within community areas, away from the relative protection provided by the National Reserves, is by no means an easy task. Life for a lion is much tougher here and this is typically reflected in their behaviour; they tend to be far more elusive, remaining concealed from sight during daylight hours and making the job of a lion researcher just that bit more difficult.  To even see a lion in Westgate Conservancy feels like a huge privilege. To see a lion kill – my first ever kill – well, that’s just something else!!

The day started at 6am in the usual manner with a trip into the Conservation Area...

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Update on the Injured Lion Magilani

Jun 30, 2011 | Categories: Lions | 2 Comments

On the 25th of June, Lpuresi (one of the Wildlife Watch warriors) found 3 sets of tracks in Mpus Kutuk Conservancy – just across the river from Westgate.  Jeneria and Lpuresi returned to the area the following day and found the tracks again.  Next to one of the tracks was some dried blood and skin.  They followed the tracks for a few minutes and actually spotted Ltangenoi and Sikiria.  They did not see Magilani but we believe she may have been close by.

From this latest information, we know Magilani is still alive.  We hope that her wounds have healed and she is recovering and we’re waiting for her to cross back into the Conservation Area of Westgate so we can assess her status and see that she is ok.

We’ll keep you posted....

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Ambassador Lioness Severely Wounded

Jun 19, 2011 | Categories: Lions | 8 Comments


Our favorite local lion, Magilani, has been critically injured. We don’t yet know how she was injured or what her outlook is. But she is alive and she is with her two cubs, and she can move around. We are doing everything we can to find her and assess the situation and her status. Here’s what has happened so far.

On Monday, we drove to Arusha, Tanzania for the ATBC-SCB Conference (Assoc. for Tropical Biology and Conservation & Society for Conservation Biology Conservation Africa Section). Just as we were settling in we got a call that a severely wounded lion had been spotted in the Conservation Area just next to our camp. Trying to get all the facts and coordinate everyone involved from Tanzania was next to impossible, so we ...

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Camera Traps Success

Oct 18, 2010 | Categories: Research | 3 Comments


We've been using camera traps in Westgate Community Conservancy in Samburu since February this year and have captured images of rare nocturnal creatures almost every night.   Being a community area, the animals are nervous and don't come out of the thick bushes until they feel safe at night.   We often only get a glimpse of a hyena's ears or a lion's tail.  Camera traps help document the numbers and types of species not accessible during daytime or which are shy around vehicles. Plus, the candid photos of wildlife in the absence of humans may give us insight into some of their natural behaviors. We set up the traps every evening and collect them the following morning.  It is very exciting when we check the traps every morning and see ...

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