Ewaso Lions Project Updates
In 2015 we have recorded the birth of 44 cubs in our study area which includes Samburu, Laikipia, and Isiolo counties. In July two cubs were poisoned inside Buffalo Springs National Reserve – the first documented case of poisoning in our study area. It was confirmed that the cubs died from poisoning, following an incident whereby a herdsman laced the carcass of a camel killed by lions with a toxic pesticide. The camel which was killed was brought into the park to illegally graze.
Lengwe, the two year old lion with a broken femur, was given an X-ray and is making a remarkable recovery. We have recorded 45 incidents of human-wildlife conflict between November and mid January (2016); and stopped the killing of lions 26 times.
Two Lion Kids Camps were held this year, including a special Reunion Camp. A total of 122 Kenyan children have been exposed to conservation education through the five total LKCs. Warrior Watch has grown to include 18 warriors working across 4 Conservancies that span a total area of 1,742 km2. Jeneria received two awards: Disney’s Conservation Hero Award, and Houston Zoo’s Wildlife Warrior Award. Samson, our first Scholarship graduate in 2009, is now our Artist in Residence. We further sponsored him to attend Buruburu Institute of Fine Art in Nairobi.