Lion Guardians expanding!

You may be wondering what is happening with the expansion of the Lion Guardians program to two of our neighbouring ranches Eselenkei and Olgulului. The ongoing drought across these ranches sent Maasai murrans and their cattle to other areas in search of greener pastures, which meant that we couldn’t hold community meetings or interviews for Guardians – the first steps in the Lion Guardians expansion. Here is Olgulului during the drought, which is not yet over. As you can see, there just isn’t any grass, so people had to move elsewhere…


Now, after a little rain (although far less than is needed) patches of grass have pushed their way through the parched and dusty top layer of soil, bringing both colour and murrans back into the area. With their return, preparations for the launch of the project across these ranches have finally begun. The assessment of 27 warriors from the Eselenkei ranch will be conducted over the next three days, from which, three suitable new Lion Guardians will hopefully be found.


Lion Guardian Olubi from Mbirikani will do some training with the newly chosen Guardians, passing on the skills and knowledge attained through his role in Mbirikani. Job notices for a Lion Guardian Project Coordinator have also been posted in trading centres, with interviews to be conducted on the 25th May. We’ll keep you updated on the growth of our Lion Guardian team! 


  • sauwah says:

    that’s wonderful! wish you luck. hope more rain will come.

  • Brenton H says:

    Good luck with the interviews and gook luck to all the murrans going for the interviews. Exciting news indeed. Brenton.

  • paula says:

    Wow, good luck!

  • Anne C says:

    What wonderful news! I’m very proud of my sponsorship of Koikai, and that I can at least contribute in some way. The work you do gives me hope that we can save these beautiful creatures in a way that works for everyone in the community. So many thanks to all of you.

  • Thank you! We are finding a lot of great guys in these new areas, who we think will be brilliant Guardians, so it is all going well so far! We will update you once the interviews are over.

    And thank you Anne for your continued support – we are all very happy that Koikai is sponsored by you! Your donations really do make a difference to the running of this program, so thank you very much!

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