As an Earthwatch volunteer on the Lions of Tsavo project every season since it started seven years ago, I have come to know Kenya’s Tsavo region and its majestic maneless lions well.
I watched Romeo, one of the first pride males observed by the project’s teams, day after day as he guarded a zebra kill.
I met Kabochi and Bahati when they were young and have seen them develop into magnificent mature lions. Last year we were just a few yards from Kabochi as the force of his roars made our Land Rover vibrate.
I was a member of the team that attached radio-collars to two lions at the same time—something that had never been done before.
I saw the tragic side as well, when last year we watched Dickens quickly deteriorate because of a snare caught on his face.
The other wildlife I observed in Kenya was equally spectacular. I watched two cheetahs pounce on each other in play attacks—just like a couple of kittens. I heard the chilling laugh of hyaenas in the dark.
From my tent, I witnessed impalas, zebras, elephants, buffalos, and yellow baboons crossing to the waterhole just outside the project’s base camp. Meanwhile, the camp staff kept us safe and spoiled us rotten with delicious meals.
I visited Kenya seven years ago with the hope of witnessing magnificent wildlife while doing my part to help Tsavo’s threatened lions. That hope was fulfilled time and again.
Join me and the Lions of Tsavo crew this year and experience Kenya in a whole new way. Be prepared to be amazed!
P.S. If you can't make it to Kenya you can still support this research.