From Goat Herding to Lion Conservation: The Story of a Samburu Warrior. Part 1

Photo of Samburu Warrior, Jeneria

Meet Jeneria Lekilelei, a young Samburu warrior who comes from the Sasaab area in Westgate Community Conservancy, Samburu, Kenya. Jeneria started working with Ewaso Lions in 2008 as a Lion Scout and has since taken a substantial leadership role in his current position as Field Operations and Community Manager. Jeneria is a wildlife hero and true ambassador for lions, wildlife and conservation in Kenya. In this two part series, Jeneria tells us his story.

Jeneria Lekilelei, Ewaso Lions Field Operations and Community Manager. Photo by Tony Allport.

You come from Sasaab village here in Westgate Conservancy. Can you describe what it was like growing up here as a child/young moran (warrior)?

When I was a young boy, I used to herd livestock. Conservation was so unknown to me. I didn’t care about wildlife. I grew up looking after goats, sheep and cows. I would leave the village every day to look after them and wildlife would chase me.

My family is very big, as my father had three wives. My mother had eight children, my stepmother has seven children, and my other stepmother has two children, so it is a very big family.

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