OL PEJETA CONSERVANCY KENYA
Lions are in trouble. Though population estimates vary widely – from fewer than 20,000 to more than 30,000 – everyone is agreed that the species is declining, and that loss of prey and indiscriminate killing to protect people and livestock are the key causes.
The lion-tracking programme at Ol Pejeta Conservancy aims to demonstrate that lions and humans, cattle and goats can live side by side. Using radio-collars, conservationists are establishing the core territories of four lionesses, helping them understand which areas the cats use most – and, therefore, where not to graze the valuable livestock.
And – here’s the fun part – guests can become the trackers themselves, therefore helping the conservancy keep tabs on their lions throughout the year. “Lion tracking has helped to free up areas that would otherwise have been kept off limits because of lions, thus creating more space for livestock,” says Paul Goldstein, who runs trips to Ol Pejeta for Exodus. “It also helps bring harmony between tourist facilities and pastoralists.”
Kicheche Laikipia Camp, Ol Pejeta Conservancy http://bit.ly/1winZeJ
Numbers of African lions may have fallen by 50 per cent since 1980 – but you can help conserve the Kenyan population.