Saving a lion from a deadly snare

During these unprecedented times when the world is on lock-down and families celebrated Easter in isolation, the Mara Predator Conservation Programme team has remained hard at work on the ground in a deserted Maasai Mara.

Last week, Green Eyes, one of the famous Rekero males, became trapped in a deadly snare most likely while wondering outside areas of protection. He was found with the snare in Ol Kinyei Conservancy. After disappearing into the hills, the MPCP team and conservancy rangers all searched for him persistently for four days until he was located, and the KWS Mara vet unit was brought in to remove the snare. Thanks to the great teamwork by the Ol Kinyei Conservancy team (who put in tireless efforts), the vet team and MPCP, Green Eyes is now free of his suffocating snare and is back with his brothers roaming free in the Maasai Mara.

In these times of crisis, when human-predator-conflicts are likely to increase, it is essential that MPCP continues its lifesaving conservation efforts. Sadly, these efforts coincide with large operational deficits for the programme due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the Mara’s tourism, which supports our work.

To support the MPCP team to keep our wheels turning and continue our important work engaging communities and protecting the Mara’s predators, please donate below.