Kenya warriors have a new job, protecting lions

2014-05-28 14:39

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Cape Town – Kenyan lions are killed by the thousands for hunting cattle. This will change, however, as conservationists work with Samburu warriors to help prevent unnecessary killings.

Rapid urbanisation and the illegal bushmeat trade have resulted in a large conflict between farmers and wild lions.

Hungry lions are forced to kill cattle and in retaliation farmers target the lions.

Over the last 10 years the number of lions in Kenya have been decreased. Samburu warriors after being trained by conservationists to teach farmers how to live in harmony with lions in the area.

According to Discovery Wildlife, the warriors are taught how to gather data and how to use GPS technology.

Samburu in return are teaching conservationists and farmers about Kenya’s ecology.

The warriors are utilising mainly GPS collars to track lions. They dart the animals and then use the tracking technology to better gauge where they are in relation to cattle.

The partnership has been good so far as farmers have seen a 93% decrease in the amount of livestock they lose since collaring began.

Another programme in Kenya that has been praised for their work with lions is the Ewaso lions programme.

The group launched a 'lion watch programme' which hopes to strengthen collaborative work between conservationists and communities living in Kenya where lions roam free.

Lion watch in addition provides training to safari guides in order for them to better understand the lion population and decrease environmental damage.

Below is a video of the lion conservation programme with Samburu warriors.

Read more on:    kenya  |  environment  |  conservation  |  animals

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