Meet all-female wildlife protection team

Four of the eight rangers popularly known as Team Lioness, from left: Sharon Nankinyi, 21, Loise Soila, 21, Ruth Sikeita 28, and Eunice Maantei, 20, at the Olgulului Community Conservancy on September 29, 2020. 

Photo credit: Dennis Onsongo | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Their work has helped in the fight against gender stereotyping and discrimination in the community.
  • Ms Ruth Sikeita recalls the only attack they have encountered so far. An ambush by a buffalo. Some had to scale tall trees while others chose to lie flat on the grassland.

The putrid stench of a dead lion, killed by poachers, wafting from the forest would sicken young Eunice Maantei as she was growing up in Imurutot, a village bordering the expansive Amboseli National Park. So did the unpleasant smell of charcoal burning deep inside the forest. 


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