Posts Tagged ‘Samburu National Reserve’

Lion Kids Camp 2014 Provides Unique Wildlife Experience for Kenyan Kids

May 1, 2014 | Categories: Community, Education | 4 Comments

Saiwana and Ltonos see their first ever lion - Lguret who is in the background. This is what the Lion Kids Camp is all about - these children are the next generation of conservationists and Ewaso Lions is committed to investing in their future.

We’ve just concluded the 2014 Lion Kids Camp! What an amazing four days with local Kenyan kids learning conservation and experiencing wildlife together. For this year’s Camp, we selected participating children through a creative artwork competition with the theme Simba na Sisi which means “Lions and Us”. The winning 33 kids came from five local primary schools in Westgate and Kalama Community Conservancies here in Samburu, northern Kenya. The kids ranged from 7 to 15 years old.

On Day 1, we divided the children in to five teams: Team Giraffe, Team Wild Dog, Team Grevy’s Zebra, Team Lion, and Team Elephant. We took the children on bird walks after teaching them about mammal and bird identification and how to use cameras and ...

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Taking 32 Samburu Women on Their First Safari

Jan 22, 2014 | Categories: Community, Education, Lions, Reserves | 7 Comments

On the game drive

Last week we took 32 Samburu women from Westgate Conservancy on a safari to Samburu National Reserve.  The ladies had never been before!  A few had driven through the Reserve on their way to Archers Post, yet they had never seen wildlife close-up.  We asked the women what they wanted to see – some said buffalo – we quickly told them this would be difficult as buffaloes disappeared from Samburu in 2009.  Most of them however said they wanted to see lions and leopard!

We set off early in convoy – there were four cars filled with animated, beautifully dressed women who were excited about their day’s adventure.  We met with the warden of Samburu, Mr Gabriel Lepariyo, who chatted to the women about the Reserve, its wildlife a...

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Lion Kids Camp Changed the Lives of 24 Kenyan Kids

Apr 26, 2013 | Categories: Community, Education, Westgate Conservancy | 1 Comment

We take kids on game drives to see wildlife up close - usually for their first time.

We have just concluded the Lion Kids Camp and it was a great success. This blog recounts some of the stories and adventures the kids enjoyed along the way.

After weeks of planning, we picked up kids who were selected to join the camp through a creative art competition. For many children, this was their first time in a car and they kept asking why the trees and rocks were moving! The children arrived at Westgate Conservancy Headquarters – which was to serve as their home for the next few days – quiet, and wondering where they were, and even a bit scared.

We split the kids into teams which were each joined with one of the Camp’s sponsors. We had Team Gerenuk led by Sasaab Lodge, Team Grevy’s zebra led by Westgate Conservancy...

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Lion, Cheetah, Grevy’s Zebras, Hyenas Killed on New Highway

Dec 13, 2012 | Categories: Lions, Other news | 3 Comments

This striped hyena was killed on October 12, 2012. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for us to see such sights when we drive from Nairobi to Samburu.

Earlier this week, Ewaso Lions met with other conservation stakeholders from Samburu and Isiolo districts to discuss the heavy loss of wildlife killed by speeding automobiles on the newly tarmacked (paved) A-2 highway.

In March, a lion cub was killed by a car as it crossed the road with its mother and brother. Then in September a cheetah was killed in the same spot. Just last week, a motorist plowed into two endangered Grevy’s zebras, a mother and her foal. With less than 2,000 lions remaining in all of Kenya, and only about 2,500 Grevy’s zebras left on the planet, can we afford to lose any more as a result of careless drivers?

In the past year we have witnessed a worrying amount of dead animals along the road, including striped a...

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Warriors And Scouts Training

Aug 19, 2011 | Categories: Education, Reserves, Training, Warriors, Westgate Conservancy | 3 Comments

Shivani discussions predator ecology.

We recently completed a successful 3 day training workshop with Warriors and Scouts from Westgate and Mpus Kutuk Conservancies.  Prior to the workshop, we conducted tests with all the participants using photos of predators and asked lengthy questions, to know more about what they knew prior to the training.  The training covered various aspects of wildlife conservation, including predator ecology and identification, wildlife monitoring, conflict issues, tracking, prey identification, grazing and much more.

At the end of the training, we traveled to Samburu Reserve, where we went looking for all the predators the team had learned about.  We had a fantastic and extremely lucky game drive!  We saw 2 leopards, a newborn l...

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