Predators

  • wild dog on Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • leopard on Ol Pejeta Conservancy

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya with approximately 67 lions, 30 cheetahs, 20 leopard and 60 spotted hyena. Since mid 2011 there have also been frequent sightings of a pack of 8 wild dogs.

In addition the Conservancy boasts of a number of smaller predators such as the jackal, caracal and the bat-eared fox. With more predators per area than anywhere else the probability of seeing one of these carnivores is very high on Ol Pejeta.

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy’s ecological monitoring department strives to provide specific scientific information that helps better understand the role played by predators in shaping prey numbers and ultimately provide solutions to best conserve all animals. To help in monitoring, some of the lions on the Conservancy are collared and frequently tracked to establish their numbers and observe their movement with a view to assessing their prey uptake.

With prior arrangement guests to the Conservancy may accompany our patrols in search of collared lions using radio tracking equipment. Otherwise night game drives offer a good chance of seeing these mainly nocturnal species.

  • cheetah on Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • predator on Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • hyenas on Ol Pejeta Conservancy

For additional information on our Predator Programme, please contact Martin Mulama at martin.mulama@olpejetaconservancy.org.

Photo credits: Michael Dalton Smith (x2), Stefan Ekernas, Teeku Patel / www.sokomoto.com, Juan Pablo Moreiras / FFI, Batian Craig