The Ol Pejeta Conservancy holds some of the highest predator densities in Kenya. The lions are the most numerous of our big cats, with six resident prides bringing the total lion population to 72. The Conservancy is also home to around 30 cheetah, and 20 elusive leopard. Spotted hyena (population around 100), black-backed jackal, caracal and the bat-eared fox can also be found here. Since 2011, there have been regular sighting of two packs of African wild dogs on Ol Pejeta, totalling 33 individuals. This is a promising sign for Laikipia as numbers of this endangered species continue to decline. In 2014, this migratory pack chose to have a litter of puppies on Ol Pejeta, causing much excitement for our Ecological Monitoring Unit (EMU), and for tourists too.
The Ol Pejeta’s EMU strives to collect as much species-specific information on the Conservancy’s predators as possible. There are many ways they do this, such as tracking collared lions and setting camera traps. This information helps experts build up a picture of population sizes, home ranges and behaviour patterns, all of which ultimately helps to provide conservation solutions.
If you want to get your hands dirty with on-the-ground conservation that can have a real impact on Kenya’s wildlife, then sign yourself up to go lion tracking with one of Ol Pejeta’s lion rangers. You will help track collared lions using a receiver, and gather information on each individual pride member. You will be directly contributing to lion conservation, while having a once-in-a-lifetime experience.