From the meeting held on August 13, Eseriani Wildlife Association agreed to compensate Nasha and Ole Mepukori for the loss of their cows to lions. Today Eseriani Wildlife Association came with two checks. Each herder received an estimated $300 for each cow. According to Nasha "the amount is not much but it is better than nothing."
Nasha receiving a check from Ibrahim Kantet, Director of Eseriani Wildlife Association
Ole Mepukori receiving a check from Ibrahim Kantet
Today we got
all the leaders together and discussed about human wildlife conflicts in the Chyulu/Tsavo/Amboseli/Merueshi
ecosystem. Leaders included area Chiefs, village elders, area chairman, volunteers and leaders from the game scout unit.The meeting held at Maasai Simba Camp was facilitated by Kakuta Maimai of Maasai Association and chaired by Daniel Sampu from The Big Life Foundation.
about challenges, failures, successes, and positive initiatives to successfully
tackle human wildlife conflict in Merrueshi area.
Wildlife Association (EWA)
Wildlife Association was officially accepted in Merueshi area. Eseriani Wildlife Association will provide the game
scouts with cameras needed to document predator activities in the area The association will contact Kenya Wildlife Service and request resources for capacity building and community out reach missions.
community will be fully involved in wildlife conservation in the area.
Association will provide an office where game scouts will dispatch reports to partners
for wildlife conservation in Merrueshi area. In addition to Maasai Association staff the scouts will take photos of
every incidents by lions using GPS points and disburse the information through
email, phone call, and text.
4. The Biglife
Foundation will train and employ two game scouts and equip them with GPSs and
Cell phones. The organization will continue to provide a rescue vehicle and encounter poaching activities in the area.
will be held at the Chief’s office in Merrueshi. The purpose of the meeting is to bring all the village elders together
and show them how they can benefit from wildlife. Stay tuned for update.
A lioness with two cubs entered into a village last night and
mauled one cow. The cow belongs to Nasha Musoongo. Other cows were not hurt. The lion struck the village at mid night. We
went in to investigate the kill and found that carcass is the only
part left of the animal.
the lion's footprint the cubs were about 6 months old. The lioness and her cubs remain
at large in Merruesi village. We called the game scout unit from the Big Life Foundation; they are on the way to the scene. Other partners
for wildlife conservation such as Eseriani Wildlife Association have been informed. We are hopeful that the game
scout unit will arrive soon and scare the lion away into Chyulu Hills National Park.
Very likely the lions will return to the area because many zebras and
wildebeest are plenty in Merrueshi. Stay tuned for more update.
Nasha, pictured above, is not very happy about the loss of her cow. We must compensate her for the loss of her cow in order to deter the warriors from hunting the lion. "I'm debating whether to accept compensation for the loss of my cow or have the lion killed" said Nasha.