Can inventive livestock management bring balance between lions, other predators, and prey back to the Kenyan savanna? This is what the EarthWatch Institute (EI) aims to find out, by working with lions on Ol Pejeta as part of the Exploring Lions Project. Lions most commonly eat zebras, which have a robust population in the area. And zebras seem to prefer areas where cattle have grazed. By carefully managing the relationships between these species, researchers think it’s possible to influence where the lions seek their meals.
The EI is a non-profit organisation that connects the world’s top scientists and volunteers to places like Ol Pejeta, to help conduct vital research for a sustainable planet.
The African lion population has declined by 30-50% in just over two decades largely due to habitat loss and conflict with humans. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) now considers the African lion a vulnerable species. Understanding predator-prey dynamics will help conservationists positively influence their populations.
You can get involved with this project by helping our rangers track and collect data on some of Ol Pejeta’s lions. Leave a lasting legacy by contributing to lion conservation as you enjoy the safari of a lifetime.