Cheetah attacks reduced

As always we held our end of month meeting where Lion Guardians from all parts of the ranch come together to discuss what has happened in their areas over the month. Most of the Guardians reported less lion sightings, except for Melubo and Kapande who have both been able to track lions in their areas…

The oldest elder

Less than a kilometer from camp, lives an old man or as we say, an elder. His name is Sakimpa ole Nchoni, one of the oldest alive age-set at the moment. Sitting and chatting with this elder will break your ribs from laughing! When we were fencing his boma you couldn’t possibly think he was…

Mambo is injured

Mambo came to our camp yesterday in dire need of help. He was warming himself near the fire at his cave in the hills, while preparing his tea, when the pot overturned, burning his hand very badly. He is afraid of going to the clinic incase he needs to be injected, so the only option…

Hyena strikes again

It was yet another tiring day for the Guardians, working in the scorching sun fencing bomas. A hyena has attacked in the same area again, killing one sheep. The community was very angry and told us that they wanted to kill the hyena, and that they did not want us to work on their boma…

Panthera visits Lion Guardians

Last week we had the pleasure to host Jessica Craig at camp, who was representing the UK division of the Panthera. She came to find about the Lion Guardians program, and how we conserve lions by employing murrans who have hunted lions in the past to work with their communities to conserve them. And we…

Building better bomas

In traditional Maasai culture, a boma (kraal) is used to keep livestock away from raiders, and to an extent to provide a safe place for livestock away from predators. A boma is an enclosure made of thorn branches. We especially like to use branches from Acacia mellifera because it is very strong, and has hooked…

Bomas and lions

Antony, Ernest and our new Lion Guardian volunteer Solonka, along with Lion Guardians Mokoi and Lenkina have been out all day helping to reinforce a boma that has been repeatedly attacked by a hyena over the last few days. The livestock owner, whose animals have been attacked was threatening to kill the hyena. I hope they manage…

Kapande and birds!

Thanks everybody for your prayers and support for Kapande. I met him last week when I went to collect Lion Guardian forms, and I am pleased to report that he is feeling healthy and fit and is now back on duty to provide his service for the lions and his community. He is very glad…

Maasai warrior meeting

I have been away from the blog for a few days as I had to go out to collect weekly forms from the Lion Guardians. I still had three different places to go before evening fell, so I thought I should start by visiting Koikai. When I arrived at Koikai’s neighbourhood, Olbili, I found there…

Saving wildlife with the communityâ??s youth

Yesterday I mentioned to you that I have been elected as the treasurer of a community youth group. The name of this group is Ewangâ??an Community Development Association (ECODA). The aim of the group is to address issues affecting the community, such as environmental issues like wildlife conservation, education, and the rights of members of…