LION DIARIES

WEEKLY UPDATES ON THE KUKU LIONS

LATEST UPDATE

April 18 – 24

Namunyak (
yellowstarted her week at the eastern side of Koikuma. She moved to the Orkeri area and spent some time there before moving to northern side of Lenyewaitie. She then moved inside Kanzi Conservancy where she passed near the temple house going up to the airstrip. She then moved from the airstrip to Koikuma where she completed her week at the southern side of the hill.

Neluai (pinkcovered large distances again this week. She started her week at the southwestern side of Oloolarami Hill, then moved passed Oloolarami and crossed the road that enters into Tsavo West National Park and passed CCRC and moved to the lava at the north of CCRC. She entered into Tsavo West where she went to a place known as Ewuas Ormeuti. She then moved towards the south where she crossed the road that enters into the park at Oloolarami and moved deep inside the park. She moved back again passed Oloolarami and crossed the road again and went to the lava at the north of CCRC. She then turn back again and completed her week at the south of CCRC just after crossing the road to CyK.

Normani (green) spent most of her time this week at a seasonal stream called Enkeju Ekuku at the southwestern side of Endonyio Olowuaru. She passed Endonyio Olowuaru crossing the road that goes to Tsavo West and moved to Ormanie area. She spent some time there and sometimes visited the Kuku plains before coming back to her hiding area at the southwestern side of Endonyio Olowuaru where she completed her week.

Ledupai (redspent the whole week at the southern side of Samai near a river called Mokoine.

None of the lions was involved in predation this week.

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April 4 – 17

Namunyak (
yellowstarted her week at the eastern side of Lenyawaitie. She moved to the Orbongo area and spent some time there before moving to Loonkitok where she spent a great deal of time before moving back to Orbongo again. She then moved towards Koikuma where she completed her week on the eastern side.

Neluai (pinkcovered large distances this week. She started her week inside Tsavo West National Park in a place known as Ewuas Ormeuti. She spent most of her time there before crossing the road that enters into Tsavo West near Oloolarami and moved to a place known as Noolarohi at the southeastern side of Oloolarami. She then moved through Tsavo West and out of the park to Kuku Group Ranch where she passed near MWCT Headquarters, completing her week at the southwestern side of Oloolarami Hill.

Normani (greenspent most of her time this week at an intermittent stream called Enkeju Ekuku at the southwestern side of Endonyio Olowuaru before crossing the road that goes to Tsavo West and moving to the Ormanie area. She spent some time there before moving back to her hiding area at the southwestern side of Endonyio Olowuaru where she completed her week.

Ledupai (red) is a our new male lion collared on Saturday 2nd of April in the Samai area. He started his week in Samai near a man-made dam in a place known as Mukulenta.  He then moved to the Enkusero area where he spent some time before moving back to Samai. He then moved south of Samai where he completed his week near a river known as Mokoine.

On 14th of April, Ledupai and his group were involved in livestock predation where they killed one cow in the Samai area near Mokoine river. MWCT hopes that through his collaring we are able to monitor and mitigate these types of conflicts in the future, as this group of lions has been causing significant unrest among the Samai community.

March 28 – April 3

Namunyak (
yellow) started her week at Kerai and moved to Kanzi Conservancy where she came to Orkeri. She spent some time there before moving to the Mukao area. She spent part of her week there and at Kanzi Conservancy quite close to the camp before moving to the Kerai again. She came back from Kerai and completed her week near the CYK swimming pool.

Neluai (pink) covered large distances this week. She started her week at the lava called Eyata. She moved to the top of Chyulu Hills inside the Chyulu National Park before heading back to Kuku Group Ranch. She visited the cloud forest before turning back to the Kanzi Conservancy. She moved to Lepolosi near Oldonyio Sambu where she spent some time there before moving into Tsavo West National Park. She came to Kuku again and passed near MWCT Headquarters and Ololarami, entering into Tsavo West National Park. She spent some time there before moving past Olpusare to the Enkusero area where she completed her week near the seasonal stream Eyata.

Normani (green) spent most of her time this week at an intermittent stream called Enkeju Ekuku at the southwestern side of Endonyio Olowuaru. She oftentimes came close to Endonyio Olowuaru but went back to her hiding area at the stream, where she completed her week.

Lion Collaring Update
Currently, MWCT is collaring additional lions and updating the collars of our current team. A new male lion (named Ledupai) is being collared on Saturday in the Samai area to help reduce Human-Wildlife Conflict in the area. Neluai was successfully re-collared on Sunday near Ololarami as her collar was just about to expire. Our other male lion, Lorpolosie, is currently being tracked for re-collaring, as his collar expired some time ago and he has been continually tracked via telemetry only. It will be great to have him and our new lion – Ledupai – on the maps and easily tracked and monitored.

None of the lions was involved in livestock predation this week.