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These Warriors Once Hunted Lions—Now They Protect Them | National Geographic

In Kenya, the Samburu warriors are taking the knowledge they used in the past to hunt lions and working today to save them. Through a program called Warrior Watch, launched by the Ewaso Lions conservation group, the Samburu are working within their local communities to protect livestock and promote coexistence between people and lions.
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Cheetah Matchmaking: Helping Big Cats Find A Mate | Expedition Raw

You may not have had cheetah matchmaker featured at your high school career fair, but that's just what Vincent van der Merwe's business card may as well read. But trying to repopulate the highly vulnerable species can be as dangerous as it is exciting. Watch the video to see what happens when van der Merwe tries to translocate a very unhappy cheetah across South Africa.
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The relocation work depicted in this video is a partnership between the not-for-profit Endangered Wildlife Trust and African Parks Network, with funding provided in part by the National Geographic Society.

National Geographic caught up with Vincent, a National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee and conservation biologist, to learn more about his work as a big cat Cupid.

Q. What’s the state of cheetah conservation in South Africa?
A: South Africa is Africa's most developed country, so it's particularly difficult for cheetah to traverse the landscape. What we have done with our few remaining wildlife reserves is fenced them, so we have to swap individuals between these reserves to prevent inbreeding. And South Africa is the only country, worldwide, where we've actually seen an increase in wild cheetah numbers.
One of the most successful conservation operations in Africa is the non-profit African Parks Network (APN). They manage 10 large reserves in 7 countries across Africa, and they've created safe space for a myriad of species over 6,000,000 hectares of land.  So it's really great to be working with APN and reintroducing species into their reserves.

Q: How do you match mates?
A: I manage a studbook for [330] cheetah in 53 different reserves across the country as part of the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme. I identify which cheetah are related to each other and prevent putting them onto the same reserves. It's human mediated gene flow, which is just conservationists driving cheetah to a new reserve.

Q: What happens when you move them to the new reserve?
A:  We put them in an enclosure called a boma for six weeks to three months, allowing them to realize what other large predators are present and it kills their homing instinct. As with any cat species, they have an instinct to go back to where they originally came from.
The favorite part of my job is getting to open the gate and let that animal go be a cheetah, watching it run off into the bush and have access to wide, open spaces again.
We carefully monitor them for a few weeks. If they're not hunting successfully, we'll drop an impala or warthog carcass to give them that little bit more energy to push them to hunt successfully. 

Q: As a scientist you need to be objective, but is there any sort of personal connection?
A: When you work with these animals you develop a connection. I did the post-release monitoring for a cheetah who at first made silly decisions hunting species well out of her size range, walked silly routes into the middle of the lion territory. But in the process she learns. Eventually, she gave birth to her first litter and I saw that motherly instinct come out. And the very best moment is when you get that phone call from the reserve manger saying, Vincent, we've got four new cubs that were born to the cheetah that you brought in here six months ago. That is what really brings joy to my heart.

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Building peace between people & animals | Explorers Festival 2018

How can we successfully coexist and build peace between people and animals? Hear from wildlife veterinarian and conservationist Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, marine biologist and ocean educator Asha de Vos, marine biologist and penguin conservationist Pablo Borboroglu, wildlife conservationist Laly Lichtenfeld, and moderator and wildlife conservationist Shivani Bhalla as they navigate the successful sharing of landscapes to rebuild threatened animal populations.

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Meet Warriors on a Mission to Help Lions and Humans Coexist | Expedition Raw

Jeneria Lekilelei, a warrior from the Samburu tribe of Northern Kenya, has dedicated his life to wildlife conservation. In 2010 he founded Warrior Watch to encourage Samburu men to conserve lions. Since then, the local lions population has risen from 11 animals to 50. However, increased periods of drought in recent years force wildlife and people to compete for the same resources, oftentimes causing conflict. Watch as Lekilelei and his team fight to protect lions under the harshest conditions.
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The Samburu warriors visit Maplewood NJ at the Maplewood Memorial Library.

Warrior Watch: Involving Warriors in Conservation

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Conservationist Shivani Bhalla discusses founding Warrior Watch, a program that aims to promote human-predator coexistence by engaging Samburu warriors in the conservation process.

Samburu warriors, Ewaso Lions Camp

August, 2015, Samburu, Kenya

The warriors need your help

Our goal to is raise $80,000—the amount needed to replace the vehicle and cover new collars and field costs for Warrior Watch—by the end of 2017. We hope you will help us reach this goal by supporting Ewaso Lions. The Warrior Watch programme is a formidable force in lion conservation in Samburu. The lions need the Warriors. And the Warriors need YOU.
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The Maasai cricket warriors use cricket – yes, cricket – to draw attention to social issues affecting their southern Kenyan community. From video journalist Simon Mukali in Kenya.

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Samburu Rains November 2015

Watch this short clip to see how Samburu comes alive during the rains! We have had plenty of rain in the past few weeks, all the dry river beds (luggas) have been flowing and water levels in the Ewaso Nyiro River remain high. Samburu is green, we have seen many newborns, lions laze in the grass and elephants enjoy the water. It is so beautiful!
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WCN Fall Expo 2017 - Ewaso Lions- Dr.Shivani Bhalla & Jeneria Lekilelei

The Ewaso Lions team believes that the key to saving lions in northern Kenya lies in involving local people in conservation. Therefore, the heart of their work is in the communities that surround Samburu, Buffalo Springs, and Shaba National Reserves. Ewaso Lions’ community outreach and education programs engage local people in conservation, provide training, find creative solutions to human-wildlife conflict, and give back to the community.
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Lion needs our help!

Lion has been campaigning against the Fracking industry for two years, spending time Borras, as part of two evictions (one at Crawberry Hill and one at Upton,) and at Horse Hill. He has been arrested for his protesting four times.

At Horse Hill a number of people reported smells and/or sickness when near the site, over a dozen calls were made to the EA that day and nothing happened. This has been reported to be the case at West Newton as well. It is clear to Lion that the authorities are not taking people seriously about this matter.

For these reasons, and the others he talks about on his videos, he is collecting gifts of money towards obtaining professionally recognised and calibrated equipment so that campaigners against Fracking can arm themselves with much needed information on what is happening at sites around the country.

For more information on Fracking, the Action Group, to help Lion in his mission, to get involved in the campaign, or to find out more about the Peace Co-Op visit

To see the results of the air monitoring with the basic combustible gas detector that was used at horse Hill, you can get an idea from the short video
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The full videos should be linked on those, and if you want to see more of Lion's activism at Horse Hill you can check his bambuser videos at

Stage performances from the fundraiser can be found on bambuser, the one that really goes into what Lion is talking about with the Fracking is found at and the rest at

This man has spent 2 years of his life traveling the country, living out of a backpack going to anti-fracking camps, learning about this industry and helping to teach others, raise awareness, and trying to engage with the reliant authorities, being an #EarthProtector. Now he is asking us for help, so that he can go on to help others in a more effective way.

This equipment will be used all over the country to monitor the situation, and alert people to any dangers that are found in the air. Fugitive emissions are only one part of the fracking contamination nightmare that America and Australia are both suffering right now. It is the first major issue which is easily identified with the correct equipment.

Of course we could just keep trying to convince the government more than we already are with petitions and opposition from figures such as Jeremy Corbyn and groups like the greens , greenpeace and FoE, although how we go about that is not clear. Lion would like to help us all with this Project which could help prove what is happening.

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MASK - Documenting Traditional Cultures with Chris Rainier

Join world renowned National Geographic photographer Chris Rainier and me as we discuss documenting traditional cultures, and one of the images from his new book MASK, on this episode of Behind the Shot.

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Shivani Bhalla and the Ewaso Lions Project

In an effort to conserve lions in northern Kenya, Shivani Bhalla founded the Ewaso Lions Project. Ewaso Lions is a grassroots wildlife conservation organization that uses scientific research and community-based outreach programs to promote coexistence between lions and people in northern Kenya. Video by Pascal Fournie.

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