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raise funds to enable all

Lion Rangers to continue their work during Covid-19!

Lion Rangers

Saving Wild Lions. Promoting Co-existence.

Due to high demand, we are raising funds to enable all of our 8 Lion Rangers units to continue operations during Covid-19 in Laikipia, home of the 3rd largest lion population in Kenya.

In January 2019, Lion Landscapes and The Peregrine Fund introduced the current Lion Rangers program, in response to requests for help from local livestock owners to reduce livestock killed by lions and avoid lions being killed in retaliation. In less than a year, we now have 8 Lion Ranger Units in the field monitoring and protecting lions, protecting livestock from attacks by lions and working to stop the use of poisonous pesticides to kill wildlife. That means 8 different wildlife ranches and conservancies, and their neighbouring pastoral communities, are now protected by Lion Rangers. But more areas are asking to join this program and every new unit will allow us to support even more livestock owners to coexist with lions.

How are Lion Ranger Unit trained?

A core number of National Police Reserves (NPRs) are trained and equipped to become rapid response units capable of responding effectively to incidences of human-carnivore conflict following agreed best practices for lion conservation.

Lion Rangers are a trained to respond to wildlife poisoning incidents, preventing further losses of wildlife and minimising risk to human and livestock health.

The Lion Rangers are also trained as ambassadors for their wildlife ranch/conservancy, supporting and engaging neighbouring communities in conservation activities.

Photo: Ami Vitale

Photo: Ami Vitale

Photo: Ami Vitale

Photo: Ami Vitale

Photo: Ami Vitale

By monitoring lion movements closely, the Lion Rangers pre-empt any human-carnivore conflict by warning livestock owners of the lions whereabouts and shadowing lions when they move into areas with high risk of conflict. 

Photo: Ami Vitale

Photo: Ami Vitale

Regular refresher training sessions run twice a year to ensure that standards remain high and consistent. The Lion Rangers are permanently connected to ranch management and Carnivore Conservation groups via WhatsApp for additional support and information sharing. These Lion Rangers not only actively promote coexistence between people and wildlife but they also collect and record valuable data that help us to understand more about human-carnivore coexistence and carnivore population dynamics.

Photo: Ami Vitale

Photo: Ami Vitale

‘The Loisaba Conservancy: "Since six members of our rapid response team were trained as Lion Rangers, we have experienced a low level of lion conflict. The Lion Rangers have given us confidence that if we do see an increase in livestock predation at Loisaba and in our surrounding communities, it will be handled in a professional way and not lead to the killing of lions."

How can you help?

We are raising funds to enable our lion rangers to continue their important work during Covid-19. This video explains how we operate in these difficult times:  

Please donate here:

You can use PayPal or any major credit card for your donations.

You can make your donation in US dollars, British Pounds or Euros.

For a US Tax charitable donation:

100% of funds received through our fiscal sponsor Houston Zoo reach us.

100% funds we receive go towards our lion conservation activities in the field.

Houston Zoo Tax ID for US citizens is 74-1590271

This is a Coexistence Co-op initiative and supports our Collaring for Coexistence program and our Community Coexistence Training program.

 

The Coexistence Co-op is a partnership between Lion Landscapes and The Peregrine Fund to REDUCE livestock lost to large carnivores, and STOP the resultant use of highly toxic pesticides to kill 'problem' carnivores, and that indiscriminately poison critically endangered vultures.

 

Partners: 

The Peregrine Fund, The Nature Conservancy, Tusk Trust, Houston Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global, Living With Lions, KWS (Kenya Wildlife Service), Save the Elephants, Will's Africa Trust, University of Oxford WildCRU, Loisaba Conservancy, Sosian Ranch, Suyian Ranch, Mugie Conservancy.

Background story

The Situation:

The Laikipia-Samburu ecosystem supports the 3rd largest population of lions, hyenas and wild dogs in Kenya sharing the landscape with people and livestock. Lions are normally the hardest of all the large carnivores for people to share the landscape with, but the region supports an estimated 300-350 individuals. Laikipia’s commercial ranches and conservancies are particularly important for lions; supporting almost 80% of the population and replenishing numbers in the surrounding communities, where conflict is often higher. While the pastoral communities support lower densities of lions, lion-human coexistence in these areas is critical for ensuring landscape-scale connectivity and securing stable populations inside the commercial ranches, conservancies and reserves. 

 

The Problem:

During 2017 the lions of Laikipia were exposed to tens of thousands of weak, malnourished livestock for a prolonged period of time. The vast number of livestock not only diminished wild prey numbers but also became an easy target and source of prey for the lions. Although the cattle have since moved on from Laikipia and the remaining wild prey has gained strength, carnivore conservation organisations in Laikipia have been overwhelmed by requests for help from local livestock owners in response to livestock being killed by lions and other carnivores. If sufficient help is not forthcoming, there is a real risk that desperate livestock owners will resort to killing the carnivores concerned, too commonly using poisons, which devastates carnivores, scavengers and carrion birds, and threatens human health.

The Solution:

The Coexistence Coop; A joint initiative between Lion Landscapes, The Peregrine Fund, conservation partners and local communities to reduce livestock killing by lions and stop retaliatory poisoning by people. The Lion Rangers form a key part of this new initiative. 

Lion Landscapes

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Kenya: +254 (0)723836972

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