Technology Is Helping Keep the Peace Between Herders and Lions in Africa

In Kenya, humans and lions have shared the same lands for generations. This coexistence can get messy when lions start feeding on herders’ livestock.


For instance, if a single mom relying on her eight goats to support her family finds herself one morning with just five goats, she, understandably, would be pretty pissed and would probably seek retaliation towards the killer. In Kenya, this is all too common: People kill at least 100 lions a year in response to their predatory nature. Combined with habitat loss and weak environmental protections, the killings only add to the many challenges lions face. The big cat’s numbers have dwindled to about only about 20,000 in the wild, giving it a “vulnerable” status in the conservation index.

Over the last few years, local conservationists have been developing technology to help community members keep track of where lion prides roam. That, in turn, helps herders keep their livestock out of harm’s way.

Now, unfortunately, there’s a new issue at hand: drought. With grasslands dwindling, illegal grazers have been entering private lands and increasing competition for food. These grazers sometimes come armed, causing conservationists to fear for their lives and flee. With them gone, local wildlife is even further at risk as trespassers are often happy to feast on another man’s animals.

Conservationists are committed to protecting Africa’s wildlife, and they need all the help they can get.

Yessenia Funes is climate editor at Atmos Magazine. She loves Earther forever.


Well, what kind of technology are they using?