Posts Tagged ‘Westgate Conservancy’

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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“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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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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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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