October 10, 2020
9:15 am PDT
Ewaso Lions is dedicated to conserving lions and other large carnivores by promoting co-existence between people and wildlife. They are an independent 100% African wildlife conservation organization based in northern Kenya which engages and builds the capacity of key demographic groups (warriors, women, and children) by developing approaches to reduce human-carnivore conflict. They conduct applied research and work with our communities to address ecological problems. The team carries out educational initiatives to reinforce traditionally held beliefs and the evolving culture of wildlife conservation across the landscape. The following speakers from Ewaso Lions will also be joined by Mama Simba Coordinator Munteli Lalparasaroi, Head of Security Francis Lendorop, and Field Officer Yesalai Lemachokoti.
Dr. Shivani Bhalla
Founder & Executive Director
Born and raised in Kenya, Shivani believes the key to lion conservation is working in partnership with local communities. She founded Ewaso Lions in 2007 to promote coexistence between carnivores and people, and has assembled a dedicated team to help her achieve this goal. Shivani has a BSc. in Environmental Science, received her MSc. in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, and was awarded her DPhil in Zoology in 2017. Shivani moved to Samburu in 2002 and lives with her dogs, Kura and Nanyori, in the Ewaso Lions Camp in Westgate Conservancy.
Resson Kantai Duff
Resson is a Kenyan with a fierce love for wild spaces. She obtained her master’s in Biodiversity, Conservation, and Management from the University of Oxford and her undergraduate degree in Zoology from the University of Nairobi. She also serves on the board of the Conservation Alliance of Kenya. She previously served as Head of Awareness at Save the Elephants and was also a writer and editor for the International Institute for Sustainable Development Reporting Services. She is passionate about getting more Kenyans involved and engaged in conservation issues, recently launching the Beyond Boundaries KE initiative to make that possible.
Director, Community Conservation
Jeneria joined Ewaso Lions in 2008 at 19 years old. At that time, he spoke limited English and saw lions only as killers of goats and cows. Today, Jeneria is Ewaso Lions’ Director of Community Conservation. Jeneria’s knowledge of lions, his ability to de-escalate conflict, and his vast people skills are crucial to Ewaso Lions’ daily operations. Jeneria has won Disney’s Conservation Hero Award, the Houston Zoo’s Wildlife Warrior Award, the Paradise Foundation’s inaugural Africa’s Ranger Award, and was a finalist for the Tusk Conservation Awards in 2019. He also developed the Warrior Watch program in 2010 and has engaged dozens of Samburu warriors in lion conservation.
Photography credit: Jillian Knox, Susan McConnell, Jacques van der Westhuizen