The Lioness that introduced themselves to Soysambu Conservancy in Kenya

Three lionesses from Lake Nakuru National Park found themselves into the Soysambu Conservancy in search of their own territory and made it the new home. They were the first lions to be in Soysambu.

Soysambu is located in Nakuru County, Kenya bordered by Lake Nakuru National Park, Ol Doinyo Eburru, and Menengai Crater. Soysambu Conservancy is a non-profit organization that works to conserve the Soysambu Estate as a traditional wildlife area, which supports the integrity of the greater Rift Valley Eco-system while promoting sustainable coexistence of wildlife with livestock and at the same time being relevant to and part of modern-day Kenya. It covers an area of 48000 acres. It is of ecological diversity importance and a home to birds, mammals, and livestock. It is mostly Savannah and acacia woodland.

Initially, the conservancy was a ranch for livestock and not wildlife. Wildlife was included when the stakeholders realized the ecological importance of this place. The area was highly affected by land encroachment and habitat destruction by the human population settling in the area.
Soysambu acts as a wildlife corridor from Lake Nakuru National Park and Lake Naivasha. It hosts more than 10% of the endangered Rothschild’s Giraffe wild population.

Soysambu Conservancy is graced by an alkaline lake, the lake Elememntaita. Lake Elementaita lies between a soda lake Nakuru and a freshwater Lake Naivasha.

FYI: Giraffe ‘horns’ aren’t horns at all, but comprise ossified cartilage that fuses to the skull in later life. They are believed to aid thermoregulation.

Two of the lionesses were able to finally settle in Soysambu but the third one returned to Lake Nakuru National Park. Due to the presence of livestock, the lioness hunted a lot of them. This led to them being collared so as to be studied. The collar information helped the involved party to learn more about the lioness, the best mystery being the learning of the father to the lioness cub.
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9 thoughts on “The Lioness that introduced themselves to Soysambu Conservancy in Kenya”

  1. In many cases, wildlife can recover on their own as long as we give them a chance. There are other situations in which species need much more active intervention, such as the Iberian lynx in Spain.

    • This is very true. They just need us to allow them the opportunity to do so. The vulnerable species on their hand need some extra help. Hopefully as communities living within wildlife areas, should be able to understand and embrace this important approach.

    • The only sad part is that we can be the reason for its destruction and disappearance. Most people are yet to understand and appreciate importance of conserving this amazing environment. Thank you very much for appreciating and visit this amazing continent.


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