Africa Alive! has supported the Lion Guardians project for the last five years. This unique project enlists Kenya’s Masai warriors to be lion protectors where historically they would have been lion hunters.
PROJECT HISTORY & AIMS
Africa Alive! has supported the Lion Guardians project for the last seven years. This unique organisation enlists Kenya’s Masai warriors to be lion protectors where historically they would have been lion hunters. Lion Guardians are celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2017.
Lion Identification Network (LINC) Gets Stronger
Thanks to the continued hard work of the development team behind the Lion Identification Network of Collaborators (LINC) and the kind support from their supporters, LINC software has made a huge leap in its growth and functionality in the latest development phase.
During the second half of 2016 and early 2017 developers worked to upgrade the software’s interface and its automated lion recognition algorithms. These new features were rigorously tested and the results have shown a substantial and impressive increase in both system usability and lion identification accuracy.
This is a unique technique that was pioneered by the Guardians themselves and involves enacting the entire hunt sequence after a lion has raided a boma, but without spears. The idea is to teach lions that boma raiding is unacceptable. Lion Guardians have prioritized analysing the effectiveness of this technique in 2017.
Teenage Lion Angst – Collaring & Conflict
One effect of a growing lion population, is having more ‘teenagers’ around. In 2009, sub-adults (lions aged 2-3 years old) made up only 2% of the population of lions. Now approximately 25% of the Amboseli-Tsavo lion population are these youngsters trying to survive on their own. Without their skilled mothers to guide them, they often turn to taking easy prey such as livestock. Since November last year, the Lion Guardians team has had to deal with concentrated and intense periods of human-lion conflict. It has not always been an easy task when communities have suffered great losses. Two male lions, Olomartin and Oltoposat in particular were wreaking havoc in their new territory on Mbirikani Group Ranch.
As a result, Lion Guardians together with Kenya Wildlife Service, placed a collar on one of the brothers so as to monitor their night-time movements more effectively and proactively stop them from killing livestock.
Since 2011 Africa Alive! has donated £19,000 to LION GUARDIANS.
For further information on the amazing and unique work the Lion Guardians carry out please go to: www.lionguardians.org.