Lion Study & Conservation Project
offers you the
opportunity to work with lions and other carnivores within the
buffer zone of Tsavo West National park at Rombo village.
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Wildlife project in Kenya provides a unique experience working
in Africa. The distribution of lions previously included Africa,
South Asia and the Americas. But the lion is now extinct in northern
Africa, the Americas and Europe. 1996 free ranging lion population
estimates in Africa were in the range of 30,00 to 100,000. By 2004, the
estimated lion population had declined to 23,000. This underscores the
significance of conserving this important but almost
International volunteers and interns abroad in this project will work
hand-in-hand with zoologists, wildlife researchers and camp managers to
support conservation of lion in Rombo – Kenya. Here, in the
bufferzone of Tsavo West national park, interns, volunteers and study
abroad students will document the status of the lion including numbers,
dietary habits, competition and human-animal conflict, using
interns/volunteers will work towards achieving the following set
of research objectives.
the number of lions in the area through direct or indirect lion data
- Lion Diet:
Determine the typical diet of a lion. This will be done by observation
of skills and examination of the scats colleted and augmented by
counting the wild herbivores in the core area of the lion range.
and Attitudes: The
perception of community towards the lion by following up and recording
reports of lion attacks and comparing that to the reports made to Kenya
Wildlife Services. A questionnaire will also be administered on the
people’s perception of the large carnivores including the
lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas.
Carnivores: Numbers of other
predators that compete with the lion for the same prey including,
leopards, cheetahs and hyenas will be recorded.
Under the guidance of local
scientists and technicians, interns and
volunteers in the lion project will be involved in carrying out the
on-the-truck surveys to:
A vehicle survey will be
conducted daily from 6 am to 11 am; then 3 pm to 6
pm. Four to five days in
a week will be used for this work. The interns, volunteers and wildlife
students will fill the
lion study-identification sheets, which will later be used for
- Count lion numbers in the
wilderness and take pictures of the animals where possible.
- Record numbers of competitor
carnivores including leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, wild dog, etc.
- Observe and examine lion
dung and herbivores in the core area of the lion range to
determine type of prey including impala, gazelle, hartebeest, dik-dik,
waterbuck, bushbuck, zebra, kudu, buffalo, etc.
- Recording reports of lion
attacks by talking to local people and comparing that to the reports
made to Kenya Wildlife Services.
On completion of the research, the data
will be extensively used in aiding with the conservation efforts for
the lion in Kenya. Data will also help identify the causes and
trends of human/animal conflict in the area, and come up with concrete
suggestions on how these can be managed. Participation in this project
will also enhance your research and social work skills as well as
provide you with international exposure.
Accommodation and Logistics
Unless otherwise provided, three local meals per day are provided as is
daily transportation to and from work. All our African wildlife
interns are accommodated in camping tents within the project area.
and interns abroad with wildlife projects are
bring their own warm sleeping bag - a
foam mattresses is provided.
other logistics - click here.
Project: 16th of every month;
Project: 3rd of every month.
Wildlife Placement: Arrive on either of the two dates.
with non-wildlife programs/projects - Arrival on 1st or 3rd
Wednesday of every month.