The Laptops for Lions initiative has gotten off to a great start !! I've received enough donations (once I pitch in my own donation) to purchase the first laptop. This "inaugural" laptop will be sent to Living with Lions which is headed by Dr. Laurence Frank of Berkeley University in California. The laptop will be used in Kenya for whichever purposes Living with Lions deems most necessary and I'll preload it with some software for their payroll and accounting uses which I've been told they're lacking.
If you'd like to donate, please visit my previous blog entry which is located here and contains more information about the project. Any size donations are welcome and please be assured that 100% of your donations will go towards the project and the purchase of laptop computers for lion conservation groups.
More About Living with Lions
Living with Lions is an organization that is part of National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative operating in Kenya, Africa. They're comprised of a conservation research group of seven scientists and 34 Maasai warriors working in nonprotected areas of Kenya to save the remaining wild lions and other predators outside National Parks. Here's a video of Lion Guardian Koikai answering some questions posed to the Lion Guardians.
After the conclusion of the Laptops for Lions project, I'll then turn my attention to fund raising efforts for handheld PDAs for Living with Lions. These devices are used in the field to track and monitor the movements of the lions in the Mara. For more information on the monitoring activities, please visit this site. If you have a touch screen PDA (such as a Palm or a PDA that runs Windows) that's just sitting in a drawer and you'd like to donate it to the project, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can provide you with a mailing address or send you a postage paid envelope.
If you'd like to read more about the amazing Maasai Lion Guardians who are helping the scientists with the conservation efforts, please visit the following website.
Living with Lions' Lion Guardians
I'll leave you with a few photos of some lions that these conservation efforts are intended to help.