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Our recent updates September 2020

Our teams have been busy in the field in the past few months. 

Scroll down to find out what our research and community teams have been up to.

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Intensive monitoring

The Intensive Monitoring session for 2020 began well at the beginning of August and the teams have been busy monitoring lions & cheetahs within the conservancies, the Mara Triangle and the National Reserve. 

Most lion prides now have cubs and sub adults who are still within the natal prides. There’s also been plenty of food for predators because of the large number of prey due to the annual wildebeest migration. The Tourist numbers are still low compared to previous years due to the global pandemic. 

We’re also monitoring other predators; leopards, hyenas prey species and livestock. The findings of the monitoring session will provide data for generating the updated cheetah and lion densities in the Mara.

Collared lions

So far we have managed to collar four lions: two sub-adults males and two adult female.

The latest collared individual is an adult female which belongs to the Oloolumitia Pride was collared by the Tourism & Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala during the launch of National Strategy for Lions & Spotted Hyenas.

We recently sighted the collared female together with the rest of her pride near Enkeiwua camp in the National Reserve.

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Wildlife clubs

We have devised ways to ensure that the wildlife club members remain engaged even when the schools are closed due to COVID-19.

Our team has been meeting small groups of wildlife club members in selected villages. The children have been given conservation themed reading materials and artwork materials.

Most recently we engaged the children where we gave them a task of drawing wild dogs during the international wild dog day.

Human wildlife conflict mitigation

Following the construction of ten recycled plastic poles bomas in key conflict hotspots, we embarked on deploying camera traps on each of the bomas. The camera traps will aid in measuring the effectiveness of the bomas in deterring predator attacks on livestock at night. 

To further reduce instances of wildlife poisoning, we have conducted poison response training in five of the ten zones that are covered by our lion ambassadors. Two people from each zone have been equipped with skills to respond to poisoning incidences. They will be working with the lion ambassadors in their respective zones to respond to poisoning cases.

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