Advertising lions

How much respect and money would I get if I was a king? And how much attention would I be given if I was a great hero? If I was famous and appeared in many advertisements and one day I fell sick, do you think the advertiser would help me out? I have been thinking…

Lion Guardians on National Geographic

Yesterday the story of our lions and the urgent need to save them was in the news, thanks to a press release from National Geographic. You can read the story on the National Geographic site, and also read about the new big cat fund that they have launched. There is also a video about the…

In the news in Kenya

For a week now Senator Barak Obama has been on the front pages of all the Kenyan newspapers. Even the local people in the communities know that he has won the democratic elections last week, and they all want to know more about him. Everybody here in Maasailand now calls him a murran; he stopped…

Lions’ favourite hiding place

The Chyulu Hills are probably one of the best places I have been in my life: cascading hills that are always green and beautiful, amazing views of the ground below, and clean air that is uncontaminated by pollution. Different animals, such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland, gazelles, impala, elephant and oryx roam the vast beautiful…

From London to Lions

Hello, Amy here. I am writing my first post while Antony is taking a well-earned few days off work. I have already been introduced by Antony, but I thought I would tell you a bit more about what I am doing here with the Lion Guardians, and why I think their work is so important.…

Celebrating Murranhood at Maria’s boma

Maria, the camp chef, invited me to a ceremony at her boma in Olibili. As well as being an amazing cook, Maria also helps with different aspects of the Lion Guardian program in my absence, including sending air time to the Guardians while they are out in the field and entering Lion Guardian data into…

Stuck in traffic in Nairobi

I was heading to a meeting in Nairobi early today and there was so much traffic on the road. The meeting was supposed to start around 9:30am and I had been travelling the whole night to try and make it there on time. But in Nairobi travelling less than 2 kilometres was a nightmare. After…

Lion Guardian data collection

Yesterday I went out on my bike to collect data sheets from some of the Lion Guardians. They tell me what work they have been doing – whether they have seen or heard any lions, or found any lion tracks, and whether anyone in the community has told them about lions in the area. They…

Optionless

A few days ago, I tried to visit Mirishi and the other murrans at Olgulului, but the heavy rains have made things unmanageable. Traveling by car or motorbike, even by bicycle, has became a nightmare. I felt so sorry for my motorbike, even more than myself! This picture explains why…… Big lumps of mud were…

Nairobi

As many of you know, I often have to travel to Nairobi so it occurred to me to tell everyone a little bit about Kenyaâ??s capital city. The name is derived from a Maasai word meaning cold. According to my grandfather, Nairobi was Maasai land before Maasai were reduced to nothing by disease and severe…