Ewaso Lions

Ewaso Lions was formed in 2007 by fourth generation Kenyan Shivani Bhalla to promote human-lion coexistence and ensure a future for lions and other large carnivores in northern Kenya.

Ewaso Lions uses scientific research and community-based conservation programs in a study area that covers 2,600 km2 (1,000 mi2) in parts of Samburu, Laikipia, and Isiolo Counties -- home to Kenya’s third largest lion population.

Ewaso Lions works at a landscape-scale and incorporates four important land use types: community conservancies, group ranches (public lands), protected areas, and private ranches. Their work helps create safe zones and corridors that lions can live in and travel through, while enabling local people to benefit from coexisting with lions.

Ewaso Lions works together with local communities to advance lion conservation through the following programs:

• Warrior Watch: a peer-to-peer network of Samburu warriors who serve as wildlife ambassadors and first responders to lion conflict.

• Lion Watch: using ‘citizen science’ to scale up lion conservation by engaging the tourism sector’s participation

• Mama Simba: educating and empowering Samburu women

• Boma Watch: improving livestock practices to prevent lion predation and, therefore, reduce conflict and retaliatory killing

• Educating children: holding annual Lion Kids Camps, providing scholarships, donating books and supplies, and forming Wildlife Clubs to invest in the next generation of conservation leaders

Ewaso Lions’ research focuses on both the factors influencing human tolerance and the needs of large carnivores in terms of sharing the landscape with people. This information helps them to better manage for coexistence, identify areas critical to maintaining connectivity, and focus conservation activities in the most viable areas.

Research activities include:

• Monitoring lion populations

• Tracking lion movements, energetics, and habitat utilization

• Determining the extent and drivers of human-carnivore conflict

• Measuring changes in local attitudes towards lions and conservation

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