The king of the jungle has been on the logo of wildlife safaris from time immemorial. However, through the years, the number of lions in Kenya has reduced drastically.
To conserve this species, Ol Pejeta Conservancy runs a lion tracking and collaring project. Visitors can join in this activity, which is not only a noble conservation project but also a chance for visitors to learn about this species.
What is Lion Tracking?
During this exercise, conservationists gather information that can assist them in monitoring the collared lions. They also note down the physical features of any uncollared lion, such as nose spotting or ear tears, to assist in identifying it in future.
The research information gathered in the field is passed on to the Ol Pejeta Ecological Monitoring Department.
The Lion Tracking Experience
Ol Pejeta Conservancy is one of the largest conservancies in the country situated in the enchanting plains of Laikipia. It occupies 90,000 acres, and a portion of this vast land houses the Sweetwaters Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Ol Pejeta has the largest population of black rhinos.
During a safari here, visitors enjoy regular game drives, birding and walking safaris. The most adventurous activity is tracking lions. Though visitors stay in then vehicle throughout, they have a close view of the big cat, and learn about its features and habits.
Tools for the lion tracking exercise are a lion ID sheet and stationery. Visitors can carry a camera and a pair of binoculars too. Despite the fact that Ol Pejeta can organise lion tracking excursions daily, visitors should request to take part in advance.
Radio collars are fitted on the lions, which helps the Ecological Monitoring Department monitor the population of prey because predators cause the largest number of deaths.