Rebuilding the pride.

africanlatitude wrote this at 10:48 :

Guy Western from the African Conservation Center was in Loisiijo to give us an update on his work with Lions, his project is known as Rebuilding the Pride

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As we all know lions are diminishing in great numbers, they are poisoned or hunted by farmers due to conflict in grazing areas with their cattle. Here in Shompole and Olkirimation Group Ranches, we are all working on building a sustainable environment for wildlife and people.

When Guy is present in the area he is available, upon advance request, to give a lecture on his project at Shompole. So if you are staying with us, don’t hesitate to contact us in advance about it.

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Rebuilding the Pride aims to increase lion and other carnivore numbers across the South Rift, linking the Mara, Amboseli and Tsavo into a viable meta-population. The program centers on reducing human-wildlife conflict, preventing range fragmentation and maintaining healthy prey numbers. The project explores the basis of traditional practices among pastoralists that allow herders to coexist with wildlife and minimize conflict with predators.

Lions and People
Visiting the center for a few days, I found myself sitting atop the Land Cruiser alongside ……
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Famous french paraglider gives a helping hand

africanlatitude wrote this at 10:32 :

Thierry, a world class paraglider, was at Loisiijo to give a hand. He stayed there for a couple of weeks supervising the works while Michel was away. He occasionally managed to escape the carpenters and enjoyed a different sport.

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Every chance to get out watching the widlife was also an added bonus.

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Not just work

africanlatitude wrote this at 07:45 :

We worked hard during these three weeks, but we still managed to have a bit of fun. We had a spear throwing competition to decide who could throw the furthest.

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Ole Mpia was a serious contender but at the end Nixon won the competition.

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You can see in this photo, Ole Mpia on the right is not happy at all. Not only he was defeated, but his spear was bent as well.

Repairs works thanks to a Swiss friend.

africanlatitude wrote this at 07:05 :

With funds generously donated by Mr Claude Marullaz, a Swiss restaurateur from Geneva, we were able to put the lodge back to its original state. Some insurance money was also obtained and the repairs managed courtesy of Community Camps Ltd.

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Alexis Peltier and Michel Laplace-Toulouse of Flying4Conservation.org did several presentations on Shompole Group Ranch in Oregon USA and US$860 were generously donated by supporters during a presentation at the South Store Café in Scholls.

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African Latitude also provided a 4X4 land cruiser pick up for three weeks.
Most workers were employed from the local Maasai community at Shompole, as well as a few tradesmen with specialised skills sourced from other parts of Kenya.

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