Ewaso Lions’ Director of Community Conservation, Jeneria Lekilelei, has been shortlisted for the Land Rover sponsored 2019 Tusk Award for Conservation in Africa.
Jeneria is an exceptional conservationist and remarkable tracker, who is able to locate lion in almost any situation. He is also the go-to person for resolving community conflict. As Ewaso Lions Director of Community Conservation, Jeneria is succeeding in his aim to create sustainable lion conservation by changing attitudes and behaviours towards lions amongst the younger generation in his area of northern Kenya. Recognising the urgent need to engage his own age group in lion conservation, Jeneria’s “Warrior Watch” initiative was launched. Turning the warriors into ambassadors for lions, they serve as a network working across multiple communities, enabling Ewaso Lions to monitor these highly threatened species and reduce conflict incidents over a wide-ranging area.
Prince William, Tusk’s Royal Patron said: “As so much of the natural world continues to face the alarming and real threat of extinction it is vital we recognise how much we owe to conservation’s unsung heroes whom the Tusk Awards shine a spotlight on.
“Living alongside Africa’s precious wildlife means they each face huge challenges, but their bravery and determination to preserve all life on the planet gives me hope for the future. I’m proud to have the opportunity to thank them for their incredible achievements.”
The other two shortlisted finalists for the award, which will be presented at the Tusk Conservation Awards in London this November, are Dr Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka (Chief Executive Officer at Conservation Through Public Health in Uganda) and Tomas Diagne (Director and Founder of the African Chelonian Institute in Senegal).