Conservation Capability

Why “mock hunts” work

Mock hunts are an integral part of our conflict mitigation work. We are currently raising funds to triple the size of our conflict response team; to support this work, please visit our campaign page. Many of our best conservation tools come from communities themselves, and “mock hunts” are no exception. In the past, when a…

Our team goes back to school

Three members of our senior management team recently embarked on endeavors of continuing education – Luke Maamai (Masters in Conservation Biology: University of Kent), Pauline Kamau (MBA for Conservation Leaders: African Leadership University), and Salisha Chandra (Masters in Conservation Leadership: University of Cambridge) – and they now have several months of school under their belts.…

Building Confidence and Commitment Through Collaboration

Earlier this month, the Lion Guardians team was thrilled to host a six-day customized knowledge sharing session for seven participants from the Niassa Carnivore Project (5) and Niassa National Reserve (2) in Mozambique. These groups are on the front lines of conservation where they operate – where 60,000 people live within the protected area –…

Four New Guardians Join Our Team

This year, we have experienced extremely high levels of conflict, mostly as a result of heavy rainfall and a booming lion population. And although the communities have been extraordinarily tolerant, we have hired four new Guardians to help proactively mitigate conflict in our operating areas. Our office manager Merishi recently got a chance to catch…

Planting Seeds for the Future

Last week, we held an outreach event at a local primary school. Here’s a dispatch about the event from our office manager Merishi. The event was a follow up of the previous meeting that was held during the World Lion Day. During the first meeting, Lion Guardians and the participants agreed to participate in a…

KWS Poisoning Response Protocol Launched!

This past week at the National Lion & Hyena Strategy Meeting at the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) Headquarters in Nairobi, KWS formally launched the Response Protocol to Wildlife Poisoning Incidents. Poisoning is a major threat to Kenya’s wildlife, particularly to lions, vultures, hyenas, and other animals that scavenge. This response protocol will help organizations across…

#GivingTuesday 2015

Lions are disappearing at an unprecedented rate. Today there are only an estimated 20,000 remaining. At Lion Guardians, we have been able to witness some amazing trends, however. In the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem where we operate, we have documented a tripling in the lion population since 2009. Help us to continue making a difference in reversing…

Arming with Knowledge: Transforming Fear into Confidence

In today’s blog, Lion Guardians Cofounder and Director of Science, Dr. Stephanie Dolrenry shares with us the power of knowledge and her experience coaching rangers in @AkageraPark, Rwanda with community manager Eric Ole Kesoi and tenured Guardian Kisimir Olamayiani.  When we first arrived in Akagera, we were excited to get going but before we started our…