Empowering the Future Custodians of Kenya’s Wildlife
The survival of wildlife in Africa depends on its relationship with the people and communities in which they co-exist. Despite living in close proximity to world famous National Parks and Reserves, many Kenyan children have not had the chance to observe wildlife through the lens of attraction that sees so many tourists arriving in Kenya each year.
Their impressions are largely shaped by negative experiences of predatory behavior where wildlife is perceived as dangerous and threatening to their own survival, as well as that of the livestock they take care of.
Ewaso Lions turns this problem in to an opportunity through an educational program that fosters long-term conservation values and ultimately cultivates a new generation of wildlife ambassadors.
In Kenya, the national population of the Panthera Leo African lion is less than 2,000. This reflects a wider issue in Africa where numbers of the species have declined by 90% in the last 75 years and lions have disappeared from approximately 80% of their historical range across the continent.
This year, a special camp for young herding children who don’t attend school will be held at Westgate Conservancy Headquarters in Samburu, northern Kenya. These children are responsible for tending to their families’ livestock, including protecting them from attacks by lions and other large carnivores so there will be a greater emphasis on practical activities, such as livestock husbandry practices, grazing management and ways to promote coexistence with carnivores.
The Ewaso Lions Kids Camp programme began in 2013 and has since engaged over 150 children from 11 primary schools across 3 Counties in Kenya.
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