How do lions impact the Kenyan savanna?

Greater populations of this predator seem to be linked to declines in rare large herbivores, including many iconic antelope species that tourists in Kenya want to see. Landowners who depend on tourism are considering lethal methods to manage predators, further jeopardising these big cats.

But what if both predators and their fragile prey could thrive? Lions most commonly eat zebras, which have a robust population in the area. And zebras seem to prefer areas where cattle have grazed. By carefully managing the relationships between these species, researchers think it’s possible to influence where the lions seek their meals.

Contribute to this innovative look at how cattle ranching could transform African landscapes. You’ll check camera trap images for leopards, wild dogs, spotted hyenas, and other predators. And you’ll survey zebras and other herbivores like hartebeest, topi, and eland to learn how their populations shift with cattle ranching. Take this rare opportunity to witness how interconnected all species really are.

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Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Kenya



Includes all accommodation, meals, transfers, insurance and research activities


14 days


  • TBC for 2022

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Lead Scientist

Caroline Chebet Ng’weno