Lion Landscapes Adventures

Experience wildlife conservation in action!

Only

available

in 

Laikipia!

Combine education with pleasure; accompany one of the world’s experts in wildlife research as they carry out their daily work in the field, and return home to the welcome hospitality of the finest safari camps in Africa.

  • Learn all about the Lion Landscapes work, and the wider conservation issues facing large predators in the world today. 

  • Be part of an experienced team, working closely with the lions themselves and the people that most affect their future.

  • Broaden your safari experience by really helping the animals you have travelled to see.

 

We look forward to sharing our time with you! There are a few possibilities that can be booked through your safari camp:

Evening Talk

 

After a day on safari admiring the stunning wildlife of Laikipia, join one of the world’s experts on large carnivore ecology and conservation for an evening of discussion. This activity includes a pre-dinner talk about large carnivore conservation issues and work being carried out in your area, and ongoing informal discussions and story-telling as your expert joins you for dinner. This event is suitable for all ages, with children being given hands on experience on how to operate interesting field equipment and see what it feels like to wear a lion collar.

Half Day Research Adventure

 

Spend the afternoon with the Lion Landscapes team. This adventure will give you a rare insight into some of the most valuable wildlife research work currently being carried out on large carnivores as you join a leading researcher in the field.

Your afternoon will include joining in on field research activities, and anything else that comes up in a day in the life of a wildlife researcher. A lunchtime slide presentation and talk will give you an overview of carnivore research and conservation but you will also be learning by experience throughout your afternnon as you become part of the field research team. The leading researcher guiding you through this adventure will be constantly available for informal discussions on any subject that arises from the days activities. A short but intense learning experience. 

For those that want to learn more, there is an opportunity to join us for a whole day. This will allow you to participate in multiple research activities, and really understand what a day in the life of a large carnivore field researcher is all about.

Possible activities with Lion Landscapes during a working day:

1. Tracking lion using radio telemetry equipment.

One member of each study pride wears a radio collar which makes it much easier to find them and monitor their movements. Locating lions using radio telemetry equipment will be demonstrated as it is one of the common activities that researchers have to carry out. This activity is normally done from a vehicle, but can also be done on foot.


2. Understanding and analysing GPS collar data.

A few key lions wear a high-tech GPS collar that give us very detailed information about their movements and activities. This data is vital to understanding the finer details of lion behaviour and helps reduce lion-human conflict by allowing livestock owners to keep their livestock away from lions. Learn how this information helps lions and livestock owners coexist.

 

3. Investigating lion/human conflict incidents.

Conflict between lions and people is commonplace and responding to and documenting conflict events is an important part of the Living with Lions work. If a lion threatens or kills livestock or if a person kills a lion then it is essential to fully investigate the event and try and find solutions to the problem. This activity clearly demonstrates the sharp end of living with lions, and the real costs of conserving the species

 

4. Boma visit/learning about traditional livestock husbandry. 

One of the most important aspects of protecting livestock from lions and reducing the conflict between lions and people is the construction of good protective night time enclosures known as ‘bomas’.  Design and placement of bomas is one of the factors most affecting the number of livestock killed by lions. Bomas are visited regularly, information collected and advise given on lion friendly livestock husbandry practices. This activity will give you the opportunity to learn about both lion behaviour and pastoralist practises, as well as interact with some of the people for whom living with lions is part of daily life.

 

Please be aware that Capture and Collaring  is exceptional and cannot be booked.

Capturing lions is essential in order to place or replace radio collars, as well as to collect valuable data that cannot be collected unless the lion is immobilised. Capture is carried out with the Kenyan Wildlife Services (KWS) and is only undertaken when absolutely necessary. Wary lions may take weeks to capture making this activity impossible to schedule and only the lucky few will experience this.

 

 

 

One Day Research Adventure