Melubo is another one of the pioneers of the Lion Guardians program. His real name is Matasha ole Nakenyu. Simply, Matasha son of Nakenyu. Melubo is his â??lion name’ -Â a title of reverence he was given after he killed a lion. His fame still prevails, as the lion he killed was legendary. It was a huge fully-maned male lion that struck terror among fellow warriors.
That was the past; today Melubo is a force to reckon with in lion conservation. In his zone, everyone knows him. They burden him with all their woes about conservation and human-wildlife conflict, expecting him to magically solve their problems! Cool under all circumstances, Melubo handles them with such gracefulness that everyone is happy dealing with him.
Here Melubo tells us about how his community feels about lion conservation and the Lion Guardians:
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At the beginning of this year, two lions were poisoned, one of which was Sangale, Melubo’s favourite lion. Melubo got the news of their deaths when he got home from our end of month meeting and New Year celebrations, and was extremely shocked and saddened. He says that thinking of Sangale makes him very sad as he worked so hard to conserve him.
Listen to Melubo telling us how he feels about being a Lion Guardian, and how it has helped him:
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Melubo is marriedÂ to one wife and has three young children. He lives in a large boma with a few of his brothers, his mother, and his huge father! Yes, his father is a really big man! Mr. Nakenyu, Melubo’s father is also a charismatic and highly regarded member of the Oltiasika community, which Melubo represents. Here he is chatting to Lenkina, one of the Lion Guardians.