One of the major issues outside the Masai Mara National Reserve is the increasing pressure from the Masai on wildlife and natural resources. One way of enhancing wildlife conservation outside protected areas is the creation of conservancies where important areas with known lion populations are transformed into a kind of semi- protected areas where the numbers of Masai settlements and livestock herds are managed in a way to maintain a sustainable balance.
In order to know where these conservancies should be placed and what benefits they will have, it is essential to understand the exact movements of the lions in time and space and their population ecology. By achieving this, it will be possible to advise the Masai people about when and where not to graze their livestock during certain times depending on where the lions are situated and thereby avoid direct confrontations between Masais and lions. It is about achieving the goal where the Masai people and the wildlife again can live in harmony as they have done before.
The Mara Naboisho Lion Project is supported by Kenya Wildlife Trust and Danish Zoological Society.