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.
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
As always, we are trying to come up with new ways to help people and lions live together, and currently partnering in some exciting new innovations. We have recently deployed the second prototype of The Predator Protection Device (PPD), developed by Chris Vargas and the University of Notre Dame Dept of Computer Science, in an area where lions have been regularly attacking livestock. The project has been funded by Chris Vargas, the Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation and National
With our partners Ewaso Lions and University of California, we have just collared our first young male potential disperser! Wow…wait, what? I hear you cry. Young male lions, when they reach adulthood, leave their maternal pride to find territories of their own. This is known as ‘dispersal’ and is a dangerous time for them; they may spend years of nomadic wandering before they finally establish a territory. During this time, they are often forced out into sub-optimal areas by
Large carnivores are difficult for people to live with. Let’s face it, most of them are large enough to consider any one of us, our pets, or our livestock as dinner. Many people have their lives and livelihoods threatened by carnivores on a daily basis. As a rule, posing a threat to human beings is not a good recipe for long-term survival on this planet. And so we (those of us that don’t want to be the largest carnivore around) need to tackle two overarching challenges: 1) we