Walking for Lions started during 2012 with the aim to be the difference. The name ‘Walking for Lions’ was chosen to illustrate how one can make a difference and to be an example. It shows dedication towards the protection of wild lions and that one can achieve a lot with a small budget. WFL is a consultant organization that assists where we are needed but have been setting up our research base in a small village in Botswana named Pandamatenga since 2014.
During 2012 we assisted the Masai Triangle (Masai Mara) with their annual lion/cheetah census. After our work was completed, we sponsored a trip for the village elders to attend the first ever Masai Olympics that was held outside Amboseli National Park. In 2013, several members walked through Namibia and Botswana where the aim was to create awareness, educate school children and join forces with the likes of Cheetah Conservation Botswana, the Botswana defense force and the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Botswana in taking a stand for conservation. The journey received great attention locally and especially in South Africa which assisted us to receive a contract to help the Wildlife Department of Botswana in their annual lion census in 2013.
The year of 2014 took a drastic turn as it was decided to create even moreawareness as we felt we could do more and so took on the massive challenge ofcycling up to Kenya from Botswana. The journey was cut short in Tanzania dueto Malaria but our campaign reached hundreds of local people and we managedto visit several schools and spread the conservation education. The journeyindicated to us that the general lion population is in dire straits and the largestproblem with the decline of their population is Human/Wildlife conflict.
Our current project is based in the North Eastern boundary of Botswana that borders Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe) We are currently testing the method of using light as a nocturnal deterrent when lions approaching cattle posts with LED Motion Detection Lights installed on each corner of a kraal (Boma)The study has indicated a massive decline in attacks but has also shown that some lions do become accustomed to the lights, as there is no danger behind the lights. We joined forces with engineers from South Africa and developed a new concept where the light units are supported by a small siren that goes off simultaneously once the motion sensor is trigger of lions approaching livestock kraals. At this current point in time, our light/siren combination has a 100 %success rate since installation in August 2015 but we require a larger sample to collect efficient data.