Rapid growth in the human population, as well as industrial-scale illegal bushmeat trade, is seeing lions and farmers forced into conflict – the hungry lions will kill cattle, before farmers kill the big cats in retaliation.
With lion numbers in freefall, Samburu warriors and conservationists are working together to save the magnificent species.
Research projects, such as Ewaso Lions, are harnessing the local knowledge of Samburu warriors and training the lion guardians in an effort to protect one of Africa’s most iconic animals.
The warriors are being taught ecology, data collection and GPS collaring technology.
The exciting partnership has showed encouraging signs so far. For example, farmers have seen their livestock losses plummet by 93 per cent since collaring began, showing that both lions and cattle can thrive side-by-side.