Lion Guardians project expands again!

After requests from Group Ranch officials, community leaders and other stakeholders in the Amboseli ecosystem, we are proud to inform you that we have now expanded the Lion Guardians project  into another new area in the Amboseli ecosystem – Southern Olgulului! This area stretches along the Kenya-Tanzania border, South of Amboseli National Park, and acts as a wildlife corridor linking both countries. It is a well known human-wildlife conflict prone zone, which has experienced several lion killing incidents in the recent past.

Apart from lion killing, other poaching activities, committed by culprits from both countries, have also been detected along this stretch. Actually, an elephant was killed on the border last week while one escaped with an injury. We envisage that the Lion Guardians will play a vital role in reducing such threats to wildlife, and to lions in particular.  Here I am tracking for collared lions that may be in the area, accompanied by two feathered friends!

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We have selected five Lion Guardians in this area, through an open and transparent selection procedure, and the community is very appreciative of the project. The new recruits have been properly trained, issued with equipment and have started working in their respective zones. We have already had a number of lion reports from the new Guardians, who we will introduce to you on the blog soon. Here are the five new Guardians as I train them on their forms.

New-Guardians

We have set up an operational base in this area to specifically help the new Lion Guardians in fulfilling their work. We will work in conjunction with other conservation stakeholders in the area, and we were very glad that three days ago Amboseli National Park’s Warden paid us a courtesy call, and was pleased to welcome us into the area. We have now spread the project to all community lands in the Amboseli ecosystem and hope that this will help to prevent human wildlife conflict and the death of any more lions in the ecosystem. Here is one of the lions that we have already found thanks to the reports from the new Lion Guardians.

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We will keep you updated on the lion distribution in this vital stretch of land as we build up our knowledge of the population with help from the Lion Guardians, and will let you know how all the guys are doing in their new roles as Guardians of their communities and the lions they live with.

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7 Comments

  1. sauwah
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    how exciting! and definitely good news for all wildlife especially the lions.

  2. PaulaB
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Excellent news, and the best of luck to the new Lion Guardians!

  3. Jimmy from Ireland
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    Great stuff guys – there can never be too many Lion guardians!!

  4. Brenton H
    Posted September 27, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Wonderful news for south Olgulului!

  5. Pirjo
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    Great news! I’m so happy for you and that five new guardians will help to protect lions and other wildlife. I’ll try to make an extra donation just to celebrate this important occasion!

  6. Pauline
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Excellent news! This area certainly needs you.

  7. Posted September 29, 2010 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Thank you all for your kind words and donations. We couldn’t do it without you!

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