01.10.2012 / Lion Guardians for Ehirovipuka Conservancy during the drought months
North western Namibia has been experiencing severe droughts, having significant effects on the ecosystems. As a result conflict between cattle herders and lions has intensified, needing urgent intervention. Together with TOSCO (Tourism Supporting Conservation) the Tou Trust donated an amount of NAD 6 000 (USD 750) toward a fund to pay the salaries and equip three lion guardians until the start of the rains. These lion guardians will monitor the lion movements and forewarn villages, settlements and herders of the presence of lions in order for cattle owners to take the appropriate precautionary action. The lion guardians are on an incentivized system and will be paid bonuses in the event of no cattle losses.