Target: Conversation Biologist Shivani Bhalla
Goal: Thank biologist for teaching the people of Kenya how to peacefully coexist with local lions
Lions in Kenya are facing many threats to their survival, but one such threat is being removed by conservation biologist Shivani Bhalla, who is partnering with the local people to quell their anger towards these majestic animals. Lions often hunt livestock when there is no food, prompting the locals to kill them out of anger. These predators are in decline because of human activity and we should give them the space and resources necessary for their survival.
Bhalla has a community full of warriors, elders, and women who talk to the local people about the importance of saving lions. Despite legal protections for lions, villagers still kill them. Bhalla’s team respond immediately when a lion has killed livestock by setting a running dialogue with the people. They work to calm the locals, and then explain why lions are so important and need to be protected. In certain parts of Kenya, rhinos were wiped out in the 1980’s, and Bhalla’s team works hard to remind tribes that this shouldn’t happen again.
Bhalla and her team teach villagers how to build proper enclosures or “bomas” that will keep livestock from straying. Most of the livestock that are killed by lions are ones that have gotten lost. Bhalla also encourages older children to watch the cattle. She and her team recall seeing a seven-year-old herding at least 10 cattle, and noticed four lions stalking the herd. Her team immediately placed vehicles in between the path of the lions and cattle, while warriors were dispatched to herd the cattle away and deal with the lions.
Bhalla firmly believes that lions and humans can coexist. She believes that children should be involved in her Lion Camps, as they will become future leaders that are ultimately responsible for the fate of these lions. The community in Kenya has acted positively to her work; some have even named the lions and ask about their well being whenever Bhalla is in town. Sign this petition to praise Ms. Bhalla for her tireless conservation efforts and encourage her to continue educating humans on how to peacefully coexist with wildlife.
Dear Shivani Bhalla,
I am writing to thank you for your conservation efforts toward saving the lions of Kenya. Like so many of our wildlife, lions are in danger of disappearing because of humans. One major threat to Kenyan lions are angry villagers, who kill the lions as punishment for hunting and eating their livestock. Your work has focused on making humans and lions coexist, and it is a truly noble cause.
Thank you for your tireless conservation efforts. Please continue to be a positive force in our world by educating humans on how to peacefully coexist with these majestic creatures. Hopefully, through your efforts, Kenya’s lions will be here to stay.
[Your Name Here]
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