Ewaso Lions is a grassroots project whose mission is to promote the conservation of lions through research and community-based outreach programs. Formed in 2007 under Oxford PhD candidate, Shivani Bhalla, a Kenyan national, Ewaso Lions investigates the factors affecting the population dynamics of lions in and around the Ewaso Nyiro ecosystem in northern Kenya.
This research enables the formulation of strategies for long-term lion conservation by achieving an understanding of the factors driving pride establishments, their associations and movements in the wild, the extent of human-lion conflict, and the impact of habitat loss.
Ewaso Lions is in need of funding for their research and outreach programs, along with their newly launched Warrior Watch program.
Warrior Watch is a unique conservation program in Samburu that engages warriors, or morans, in active wildlife conservation. Warrior Watch was co-founded in early 2010 by the Westgate Community Conservancy and Ewaso Lions, a project that takes a community-based approach to predator research and conservation in northern Kenya. The launch event brought together moran warriors with wildlife authorities, in a context that builds a partnership for the two groups, which are often at odds on wildlife issues.
Through Warrior Watch, warriors report on wildlife sightings and issues such as conflict, in exchange for educational lessons and a food stipend. The warriors were trained on data collection, basic wildlife ecology, conservation and security issues within the Group Ranch, and the economic value of wildlife through tourism.
National Wildlife Humane Society is a participating supporter and conservation ally of Ewaso Lions. The Ewaso Lions Director of Operations, Paul Thomson, is a member of the NWHS Wildlife Advisory Council.