Take part in tracking, darting and collaring a pair of lionesses at Borana Lodge, in Laikipia. Spread over two days, this fantastic experience is exclusive to Steppes and offers the chance to gain hands-on knowledge of lion conservation and research.
- Join two days of lion collaring in Laikipia
- Meet Alayne Cotterill, project director for the Laikipia Predator Project
- Support conservation through a donation to Borana Conservancy and Living with Lions
- Gain hands-on experience of collaring a lion; fit a collar to a tranquilised animal
Set out twice, in the company of rangers, researchers and a vet. Explore the beautiful Borana Conservancy – home to elephants, rhinos and antelopes – in search of a specific pride of lions. Track down a lioness and get close enough to dart her.
A change in the pride dynamics in the reserve mean that collaring two more lionesses is imperative. Not only do these collars provide valuable scientific data, they allow for tracking. This, in turn, helps to minimise the risk to nearby livestock. Cattle attacks have risen recently, making further collaring even more important.
Once the lioness has been darted by a vet from the Kenyan Wildlife Service, wait for the tranquiliser to take effect. After several minutes, and once the rangers have scared away the pride’s dominant male, approach on foot. Take measurements from the unconscious animal and assist Alayne Cotterell, from Living with Lions, with fitting the collar.
Finally, watch as the vet administers the antidote and leave the lioness to groggily regain her senses.
DATES AND FLEXIBILITY
For the first time, Steppes are offering the chance to join a team of rangers and researchers in collaring a lion. The dates of the collaring are yet to be confirmed, but are usually between June and September.
Up to six people will be able to take part in the experience, which is available exclusively to Steppes. Either side of these dates, there is total flexibility - the attached itinerary is merely a suggestion. This means the collaring can easily become part of a longer Kenya holiday. For example, combine some time in Laikipia with a few days in the Chyulu Hills.
CONSERVATION AND DONATION
$500 per person goes towards conservation – this is included in the price of the trip. After the costs of the collars and vet have been covered, the remaining donation will be split equally between the Borana Conservancy and Living with Lions.
Both of these organisations do fantastic conservation work in Kenya. Living with Lions runs the Laikipia Predator Project, whilst Borana is tasked with protecting its threatened rhino population. Committed to conserving Laikipian wildlife, Borana Lodge donates an additional $105 per person, per night, to the conservancy.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The chance to take part in lion collaring is unusual and unique. It offers the opportunity to experience on-the-ground conservation and get incredibly close to one of the world’s most fearsome predators.
This trip also supports two very important organisations – Living with Lions and the Borana Conservancy – both of which are at the forefront of Kenyan wildlife conservation.
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