Guarding our temples, adorning our flags, decorating our coins and capturing our hearts, the lion is beyond doubt the world’s most iconic species. On almost every continent, and in thousands of cultures, the lion can be found demonstrating man’s fascination with this magnificent beast.
August the 10th is World Lion Day and we would like to use this day to celebrate the work of a very special conservation organisation in Kenya: Ewaso Lions.
Lions face an uncertain future in the world. Did you know there were once over 2 million lions ranging from India, the Caucuses, Greece, Turkey and of course Africa? Now only 20,000 remain restricted to little of their former range in Africa and one small sanctuary in India. These remaining lions face a wide array of threats to their future including hunting, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict but all over Africa there are organisations and conservationists working hard to ensure that future generations will still be able to enjoy the magical feeling of seeing lions in the wild.
One such incredible organisation is Ewaso Lions in Samburu close to Sasaab. When Ewaso Lions was founded in 2007 by conservationist Shivani Bhalla, there were under 10 lions remaining in the Samburu ecosystem but through their extraordinary hard work and dedication Ewaso Lions have managed to increase this number to over 40 today. Shivani and her team run a number of successful programmes such as Warrior Watch, Lion Kids Camps and Mama Simba to engage the local communities as conservationists of the future and to see wildlife in a positive light.
Guests staying at Sasaab have the privilege of seeing lions on most game drive into the Samburu National Reserve and this year we have had a lioness raising her three cubs in the Sasaab Conservation Area next to the lodge as well as regular sightings of a two male coalition nearby.
If you would like to find out more about the work of Ewaso Lions or to make a donation, please visit their website. For more information about a stay at Sasaab to see the lions of Samburu please contact The Safari Collection.