My name is Davinia Bartolome and I am a MSc. student from University of West England working in collaboration with Lion Landscapes to study human-wildlife coexistence across Laikipia county. My professional interests are carnivores and landscapes, with a particular passion for feline conservation. My current project is a case-study of the effects of the 2017 drought on livestock killing behaviour in large carnivores, and resulting threats to coexistence. Coexistence between h
Narok resting in the heat of the day. Photograph by Ami Vitale “If we cannot measure it, we cannot manage it, for how can we conserve what we do not know” ~Dr. John Waithaka—KWS Board Chairman at the official launch of Kenya’s National Lion Survey About the survey Lions are one of the most iconic species on earth. Yet lions are in trouble: they have lost 90% of their historic range and their numbers are thought to be declining rapidly with half of all wild lions estimated to
Love Laikipia Visits Lion Landscapes at Loisaba Conservancy A few weeks back I received an invitation by Antonia Leckie, the Project Manager for Laikipia Lion Landscapes, to visit the project to document their work and meet the lion rangers. This was an opportunity I wouldn’t miss out because we are all about conservation, awareness, and advocacy and all matters regarding the greater Laikipia region. Getting to meet actual people on the front line was bucket-list worthy.
Lion Rangers Learning how to use SMART In January 2019 Lion Landscapes started using a mobile phone application to collect data and report incidences in the field. The APP is called SMART. We use SMART (Spatial Monitoring And Reporting Tool) with the Cybertracker plugin which allows data to be collected with an easy-to-use interface. This set-up enables Lion Landscapes to measure, evaluate and improve the effectiveness of current conservation activities. The application has a
On the 22nd of January a small group from the wider Laikipia area attended a LINC training program run by Nadia de Souza from Lion Guardians. LINC- the Lion Identification Network of Collaborators- is an open source software developed as a tool for lion researchers to store, manage and share data about individual lions, creating a rich network of conservation information that crosses international and inter-institutional boundaries. This allows researchers to more accurately
It is International Woman’s day today. My mum, ever the advocate for equality between the sexes, has been part of a big event where they run a all day radio program discussing a wide range of subjects to do with being a woman today. The end of one discussion I caught was about being a woman in science and tech. I was interested to hear the speaker talking about working in a male dominated workplace. It made me realise that I hadn’t considered my gender in the workplace for ma
Two days ago, Thomas heard that a lion had been killed in our study area in Laikipia. After a risky investigation during which time he had to pose as a member of another tribe in order not to be killed himself, he was lead to the carcass, skinned with all parts of any cultural value removed. The lion is likely one of Livingstone’s 3 brothers, or another similar young male from a neighbouring pride. It was impossible to tell from what remained. You will have seen articles on t