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Thursday 10th August 2023
WORLD LION DAY
Let’s all think about the majestic lion and why it is so important not to let this iconic species slip away into extinction.
We believe there are fewer than 10,000 lions left in the wild and probably only four or five viable populations left in the whole of Africa.
But amidst these depressing population numbers, there IS some good news about lions and hopefully there is much more to come ……
In July last year, you may remember that 11 of us pledged to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, to raise money to kickstart our innovative human/lion conflict mitigation project in Merrueshi, Kenya.
Well, we did it!!! And with your help, we raised enough money to get the project started.
A year on, we have equipped six manyattas (villages) in Merrueshi so far with perimeter blinking lights, powered by solar panels, to deter lions and other predators from attacking the livestock contained within the manyatta. AND on top of that, we equipped each household within each of the manyattas with a life saving light.
And WOW! Not a single lion has been killed in retaliation in the whole Merrueshi ecosystem since the project began last September.
How does this work?
Each householder donates two pieces of livestock to the project and these animals (we call them the Insurance herd) are used to compensate ANY household within the whole ecosystem (58 manyattas in total) for any genuine predation loss. A cow for a cow.
SO even though we have only equipped six manyattas so far,. every household is protected from predation losses and thus, there are no retaliatory killings.
The project is working - the project, designed and implemented by the Maasai community, is working because it has crucial local support
I can’t emphasise this enough – because for years and years, this thorny problem of human/lion conflict has plagued rural Africa and defeated so many hopeful projects designed to combat this major cause of lion declines in Africa.
Why is this project working so much better than many previous projects?
SO, we have equipped six manyattas so far and there are still 52 more manyattas to equip. Each one costs around £5,000 to equip.
Please will you, on this World Lion Day, lend your support to help us equip the seventh manyatta?
And let’s spread the word of this great news for lion conservation
Posted by Chris Macsween at 10:05
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