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Erection of Lion-Proof Bomas starts in Amboseli
Date Published: 19 Mar, 2010
Kenya Wildlife Service in partnership with the Born Free Foundation and the Kenya Wildlife Trust have started erecting lion-proof bomas for communities living adjacent to Amboseli National Park. Living with Lions, a non-governmental research organisation based at Mpala Research Centre in Laikipia, has been experimenting with various designs for years till it came up with the one being implemented in Amboseli. The boma design has been proven to be successful in Laikipia.
The pilot project is being implemented in Imbirikani and Olgulului group ranches and will be extended to the other group ranches in the course of time.The cost of building one boma ranges from Sh150,000 to Sh200,000, depending on whether it is mobile or permanent. Born Free Foundation is providing funding from the proceeds of last year’s Pride of Kenya campaign.
The Amboseli region has suffered from a high incidence of human-wildlife conflict, especially lion raids on livestock, for many years. As a way of addressing this problem, KWS has held awareness and education meetings with the local community and other stakeholders. Other than construction of predator-proof bomas, the local community has also been educated on appropriate livestock herding practices so as to reduce the risk of carnivore predation.The Amboseli ecosystem was among areas severely hit by last year’s prolonged drought. Many wild herbivores and livestock succumbed to starvation and disease. This compromised the ecological balance of the park and surrounding areas.