From Goat Herding to Lion Conservation: the Story of a Samburu Warrior
"Lions are my life." Jeneria Lekilelei, the young Samburu warrior who leads our field programs, shares his favorite lion experiences. He explains how he went from hating lions to loving them, why they matter for his Samburu people, and how Ewaso Lions is ensuring a future for lions in Kenya. His story exemplifies the passion and dedication for conservation within our team. Even if you have met Jeneria, this story will put him in a whole new light.
When our favorite lioness, Nashipai, went missing in September, we feared the worst. The aging lioness started attacking livestock frequently, so we thought she may have been killed in retaliation. But she lived! We got reports from our Lion Watch guides that she had been seen, and we later confirmed she is alive and well. Nashipai is such a well-known lion in Samburu that the Huffington Post even wrote about her – and our 12 year history together.
We are trying to raise $15,000 to meet our budget for 2015 – and we need your help. After sending out an appeal last week, a generous donor stepped up to make a matching gift. The Peacocks will match every dollar up to $7,500 to help us reach our goal. Please join us and make a tax-deductible donation today.
When Shivani was named an Emerging Explorer, National Geographic made a video of her story and the work of Ewaso Lions. The gorgeous short video captures our life and work in northern Kenya as only National Geographic can. Even our dog Kura makes an appearance!
"I love my life in Samburu. This is where I’m happiest."
ATCNews : Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome is the publisher of ATCNews, Eastern Africa’s leading aviation, tourism and conservation news blog of its kind. Wolfgang has over 45 years of experience in the tourism, aviation and conservation fields in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, covering all aspects of safari operations, hotel operations and air operations. Since 1992 he resides in Uganda, previously living for 17 years in Kenya.