Local Samburu warriors are the project’s eyes and ears, helping estimate and monitor lion numbers and movements across a number of community-managed ‘Conservancy’ areas. They also assess the extent and impact of human-lion conflict, doing their best to mitigate such conflict before it results in a lion’s death.
Local communities are at the heart of this project. Ewaso Lions believe that the survival of predators depends on finding ways people can benefit from their presence. The project has established several community outreach and education programmes to engage different sectors of local society in conservation, providing training and finding creative solutions to human-wildlife conflict that give back to the community.
“Without a doubt yes! The ties that Ewaso Lions have established with the proudly traditional Samburu are remarkable and evident at every turn. Local warriors are lion monitors in the morning, community liaison officers by lunch and innovators, testing new approaches to keeping lions out of a remote cattle boma by evening. The project harnesses the positive energy of women’s groups, schools, community elders, tour operators and many other stakeholders all of whom play a part in conserving lions and other predators because they feel consulted and involved.”