In the spring of 2017, armed men burned several lodges at conservation ranches in Laikipia County, Kenya. The men were pastoralists from Northern Kenya. Some 10,000 traditional pastoralists drove over 100,000 head of cattle into private conservancies seeking grass for their animals. Grazing lands in Northern Kenya were severely stressed due to over-grazing and an extended drought.
For Steve Ekwanga, a lion researcher with the Laikipia Predator Project, these invasions are just another challenge. Steve explains that lions and humans in Kenya are in constant conflict. Shivani Bhalla, the founder of Ewaso Lions, describes her work in Samburu County to mitigate this conflict. Samburu pastoralist Namasi Namantil describes the frustration of raising livestock near lion populations.
I produced this video with Nani Walker in March, 2017.