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Amboseli Lion Project
The Amboseli Lion Project is a collaboration between KWS, Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University (Netherlands) and Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, SA.The KWS coordinator is Tuqa Jirmo and it will be good to include him in any communication on the project.
The main aim of the project is to study the movements and home ranges of lions from Amboseli NP in the surrounding Maasai group ranches, through GPS/GSM tracking, VHF tracking and direct field observations.
We have been in communication with the Laikipia Project of Dr. Laurence Frank, Seamus Maclennan and Leela Haza, and visited their camp in Chyulu Hills after the collaring operation. We have been in close communication all the time and have great respect for the achievements of the Kilimanjaro Lion Project. It is the intention to have an open exchange of information between the two projects and to collaborate and reinforce eachother where possible..
Until beginning October two KWS rangers and six students from Moi university will VHF track the lions, the rangers will continue their involvement on a full time basis. From beginning October onward two Dutch students will be involved in the study, based at KWS Amboseli NP HQ.
With support of Dr Ndeere (KWS vet) Dr Paul Funston (TUT), DR Hans Bauer and KWS staff, we have collared five lions (two males and three females from at least two prides in the park with GPS-GSM collars, including a VHF transmitter).
Tato has one cub and she was collared on 10/7 in the Sinet delta and she was observed on 12/7 with an unkown female feeding on a wildebeest carcass at Longolong. She was again tracked down on16/7 feeding on a zebra kill, together with Shangiki at Lake Kioko.
Kip was collared on 11/7 near lake Amboseli and was tracked back on13/7 near Tortilis Lodge.
As we can read in Harvey Croze's note, Amy Jane and Amboggo did not move far from the Ol Tukai Swamp.
Any observations made by fellow researchers on the movements, group compostion and behaviour of these lions are most welcome, please direct these to undersigned and Tuqa Jirmo, who is the project coordinator for KWS.