As is tradition on October 4th, the Day of Nature took place in Royal Burgers’ Zoo in Arnhem. The organisation of the event is in the hands of Globe Guards, a partnership between 16 organisations active in international nature conservation.
To follow the movements of lions in and outside Nairobi National Park we have fitted some animals with satellite collars. In July 2016 a new successful collaring took place. Quite special as our partner Kenya Wildlife Service requested the collaring of one specific lioness. A real challenge to locate, sedate and collar her. Luckily we had her full cooperation.
In the first week of July, three lion researchers from West and Central Africa made a study trip to Botswana. Originally, these researchers were planning to participate in the meeting of the (African Lion Working Group), which took place earlier this year in Botswana. Unfortunately, it was impossible to arrange the visa in time for the meeting, and the trip was postponed to July.
Since 2016 we conduct research in Sena Oura National Park in Chad. The park borders with Bouba Ndjida National Park in Cameroon, where we study the lion populations for several years now. The expansion to Chad falls under the “Large Carnivore Project” that we carry out in collaboration with Ecole de Faune and GIZ. We look back on a pleasant acquintaince with local people and park management, with good prospects for future research.
Over the last years, poaching has become an increasing threat to wildlife in the Central African country of Cameroon. In Bouba Ndjida National Park, one of our research areas, we are now regularly confronted with snared and injured animals. With the help of the government and partner organisations, we were able to support two missions for the capture and treatment of these injured lions.
Recently the Leo Foundation received a donation of € 5000 from Chasin’ Group in Duiven for our Nairobi Lion project.
Nairobi National Park is located directly beneath Kenya´s capital city Nairobi. It is home to many large mammals such as giraffes, zebras and lions. While it it borders the city on the north side, in the south it touches a densely populated agricultural area. There also live many farmers in the area. Because people and wildlife are living in close quarters to each other, chances of conflict are high. At the moment Kenya suffers a prolonged period of heavy rainfall, due to El Niño. As a result, almost all prey species left the park as sufficient food is available everywhere. This requires lions to adapt their diet to eating cattle, which in turns increases lion-livestock conflicts.
The United States government (US Fish and Wildlife Services) accepted the proposal of IUCN for a new classification of lion subspecies. The new subspecies are: Panthera leo leo for lions in West and Central Africa and India and Panthera leo melanochaita for lions in East and southern Africa. This has consequences for the protection status of wild lion populations.
July 29th, 2015 – Garoua. We planned it for quite a while, but it was finally time. From April 26th to May 2nd, we held our first Children’s Bushcamp in Bénoué National Park in Cameroon. About 240 pupils from 8 primary and secondary schools around Bénoué National Park participated. In 1,5 days, each group learned about their natural environment and its plants and animals.