Lion Kids Camp + Kenyan Kids on Safari

WORKING TOGETHER IN NORTHERN KENYA
In April of 2013 Ewaso Lions expanded on their joint effort with KKOS in a very well-planned Lion Kids Camp that exceeded anything done before. See the KKOS Blog for more information.

We are hoping to achieve the same success with a year-around Kenyan partner in Mara that can expand on what we are already achieving with such hosts as Sarova Mara.
Here's Ewaso Lion's program philosophy for Lion Kids Camp:


Friendly Encounters with Wildlife

Most children in northern Kenya have only had negative experiences with wildlife – they see elephants chasing someone, the remains of a camel after a lion attack, or a leopard running off with their goat. The Lion Kids Camps enable children to experience a positive connection with wildlife. The Camps are designed to inspire children to be the next generation of park wardens, safari guides, and wildlife biologists.


Lion Kids Camp

Each year, Ewaso Lions put on the Lion Kids Camp, a multi-day camp for local children that combines wildlife education, game drives, art competitions, and fun. The participants have a life-changing wildlife experience. Our evaluation of the Lion Kids Camp found that children’s views on wildlife significantly improved after the Camp.

“Through the chance to meet and interact with some of the most respected conservationists in Kenya – the children are given a glimpse into the importance of conservation and the role that they have to play in safe guarding the future of such a precious resource.” — The Safari Collection


Game Drives for Kids

To date, Ewaso Lions has taken more than 100 children on game drives in Samburu National Reserve. For most kids, this is the first time in their lives they have safely seen many of these animals. We lend them cameras so they can document their adventure, and we teach them about wildlife and conservation.

This is what the Lion Kids Camps are all about – these children are the next generation of conservationists and Ewaso Lions is committed to investing in their future. Ewaso Lions aims to instill a clear message to these bright young children: the future of Kenya’s wildlife is in their hands.

“Most important of all is the kids' "can do" self-esteem generated by their participation.” - KKOS note



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