In december, Francis Lesilau defendid his PhD thesis on the coexistence between Lions can local communities in Kenya. leo foundation has been closely involved in this study. Are you interested in how lions became the passion of Francis? Read his story on the website of Leiden University!
On 4 December 2020 Francis Lesilau successfully defended his PhD thesis in Leiden University with the title; Human Lion conflicts around Nairobi National Park, Kenya
Francis Lesilau is a senior staffmember of Kenya Wildlife Service and his project was supported by the Leo foundation. Besides his PhD research Francis was actively involved in lion conservation.With support of the Leo foundation he developed an ‘early warning system’ based on satellite collated lions in order to warn local livestock owners on the presence of lions and this way to prevent conflicts.This ‘early warning system’ is currently being applied in various national parks in Kenya.
The Leo foundation will continue its support to the implementation of the ‘early warning system ‘ in Kenya during 2020-2022
In 2019, a team from Leo Foundation did organise the periodical meeting of the African Lion Working Group (ALWG). The ALWG is the platform for scientists, conservationists and other people who are involved in lion conservation, and is linked to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). The group has over 120 members, of which 64 were present during the meeting. Regular meetings are thé opportunity where members can share experience and knowledge with each other. As a result, lion conservation and research can be improved.
At the start of November, 64 lion protectors from 4 continents met each other at the Mpala research center in Kenya. Leo Foundation has receives additional funding from the Lion Recovery Fund and Houston Zoo (USA). This supported the participation of lion conservationists from West/Central Africa and India to the meeting. This is very important because this region represents the northern subspecies of the lion, and many populations in this region are on the brink of extinction. Unfortunately, local researchers in these regions often have few resources to attend international meetings. We are therefore grateful that with this support 7 leading lion conservationists from Senegal, Benin, Cameroon, Niger, Sudan and India were able to participate in this important meeting.
It was a successfull meeting, held on a beautiful location. The first two days, a wide selection of presentations were given. Presented topics were; the current status of the lion per region, challenges in lion conservation, the role of genetic research, coexistence with local communities, and the trade in lion bones and body parts. After each session, presented topics were discussed and interesting point of view were raised. The last two days, we visited various projects in the Laikipia area. In these excursions it became clear how in a commercial way of cattle herding and a thriving population of large carnivores can go hand in hand. We have visited different types of bombs, learned about the use of GPS collars with lions. Lastly, we were introduced to the Lion Rangers Program that runs in the area.
After a year of work, our new Masterplan is finished. In here, we present our new visions and objectives for the next five years.
Sign the petition aganst medicins made of parts of threatened plant and animal species
During the coming World Health (WHO) Assembly on May 20 – 28 2019, the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will be accepted. In ICD-11, Traditional Medicine (TM) is proposed to be incorporated for the first time, referring to a union set of harmonized traditional medicine conditions of, for example, the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean classifications. Many organisations anticipate that the inclusion of TM in ICD-11 will speed up the already accelerating rise of TM  and that it will influence medicine use around the world.
In some cases products from wild plants and animals are incorporated in traditional medicines, even when they are listed on the global IUCN Red List of threatened species . This already had a significant impact on several Red Listed species . Many nature-, conservation- and animal welfare organisations, as well as world citizens, are worried that the integration of TM in ICD will further threaten the existence of rare plant and animal species . Even if inclusion of TM in the ICD means that it is not recognized as medicine as such, we anticipate that TM will receive more credibility in the public opinion and this will only further stimulate the use of TM and might put both endangered animal and plant species at risk.
Therefore several organisations wish to express their concern and co-authored this letter, which can be signed by everybody; NGO’s as well as world citizens. We will make sure this petition will be delivered by the member states of WHO during the coming World Health Assembly.
Help us: We can only give a strong signal if many individual people and organisations sign this letter. Please sign the petition and share it on your social media channels after signing.
Thank you very much!
A warm welcome for our new board member Paul Loth! Since the start of this year, Paul has taken over the position of Ralph Buij in the board of Leo Foundation. If you want to know more about Paul, please read more about Paul in his biography.
On 7 February 2019 a large male lion was collared with an AWT satellite collar in Lake Nakuru NP, Kenya.
On the 30th of December 2018, the team of Babu Ram, who is part of th NGO NTNC has collared a leopard in Chitwan NP, Nepal.