Posts Tagged ‘Warriors’

“Lions Are My Life”: Part 2 of Jeneria’s Story

Dec 20, 2014 | Categories: Staff | 1 Comment

Photo of Jeneria with Dr. Jane Goodall

This is the second part of a feature on Jeneria Lekilelei, Ewaso Lions Field Operations and Community Manager. Click here to read Part 1.

You came up with the idea behind Ewaso Lions’ flagship outreach program Warrior Watch. Can you explain your motivation for this program and its progress since its launch in 2010?

I came up with the idea for Warrior Watch after I saw the challenges we were facing to keep lions safe. A warrior’s job is to protect livestock, and when livestock are killed it’s the warriors who need to respond. The only way we can succeed in protecting lions is to get the warriors involved in conservation decision-making. We can make them ambassadors to keep lions safe.

Since 2010, the program is progressing ve...

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From Goat Herding to Lion Conservation: The Story of a Samburu Warrior. Part 1

Dec 14, 2014 | Categories: Staff | 7 Comments

Photo of Jeneria smiling

Meet Jeneria Lekilelei, a young Samburu warrior who comes from the Sasaab area in Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya. Jeneria started working with Ewaso Lions in 2008 as a Lion Scout and has since taken a substantial leadership role in his current position as Field Operations and Community Manager. Jeneria is a wildlife hero and true ambassador for lions, wildlife and conservation in Kenya. In this two part series, Jeneria tells us his story.

You come from Sasaab village here in Westgate Conservancy. Can you describe what it was like growing up here as a child/young moran (warrior)?

When I was a young boy, I used to herd livestock. Conservation was so unknown to me. I didn’t care about wildlife. I grew up looking aft...

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Water for Wildlife

Mar 17, 2011 | Categories: Warriors, Westgate Conservancy | 3 Comments

Over the past few weeks, the drought has worsened in the area.  The Ewaso Nyiro River has been dry for a while now and we've been digging waterholes in the dry river-bed for the wildlife.  Fortunately, the number of elephants has increased in the area and they have assisted in providing water for the other animals by digging with their tusks.  However, large areas have no water at all.  We surveyed the entire river in Westgate Community Conservancy and selected 3 strategic locations for digging holes.  We don't have to dig too far down - just a couple of feet before clean water seeps up through the sand.  However, livestock during the day and elephants at night often push the sand into the holes and we often have to re-dig the entire ...

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In The Company of Warriors

Mar 5, 2011 | Categories: Other news, Warriors | 2 Comments

Here's another blog from Lauren Ross, our Ewaso Lions volunteer

A photograph doesn't do this place justice! This is one of many things I've learned about the Samburu area. I've tried to photograph as many aspects as possible in order to attempt to convey to my family and friends the awe inspired within by the beauty that surrounds me. Yet even with perfect lighting, good angles and auto-focus it never looks as stunning or majestic in the viewfinder. After each photograph I look up from my camera and marvel at everything I see, wishing there was a better way to capture these images forever. It's such a pity for those who can't experience this for themselves...and yet all the more reason for all of you reading this blog to get out here for a...

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Ewaso Lions Takes Warriors on Safari

Nov 25, 2010 | Categories: Community, Education, Staff | 6 Comments

Our warriors from the Warrior Watch programme have now been actively engaged in wildlife conservation since January.  They are all doing really well and excited by their roles in conservation.  As an incentive and also an evaluation of their wildlife knowledge to date, I arranged a day in Samburu National Reserve for the warriors.  This would not have been possible without the generous support of Sasaab Lodge in Westgate Conservancy who lent us their vehicle and guide David for the day. The warriors all showed up in camp by 6 am and we all set off into the park.  The warriors were equipped with binoculars and digital cameras thanks to our Kenya Kids on Safari programme. We had a great day.  Moses, the tourism warden for Samburu, gave t...

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