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Welcome To The Mara Predator Project

The Mara Predator Project is building an identification database of lions in and around the conservancies north of the Masai Mara National Reserve. By tracking individuals, we can identify pride home ranges and population trends. This allows us to apply effective conservation techniques.

Latest News

18th May 2011

If you've been watching the BBC's Planet Earth Live, you'll know that the Mara Predator Project were asked to name Moja's mum.

We had thousands of suggestions on the Facebook page, and we're happy to announce that we chose the name Nyota, which means 'star' in Swahili.

She has already lived up to her name, and we hope that she continues to be a shining example to little Moja.

Check back soon to see her profile added to the site.


For more information and for regular updates, don't forget to visit our facebook page.


You can take part in the project by photographing lions and reporting your sightings to us by following the steps below. For more information, browse our 'How to' guides or click here to read more about the project and Living With Lions.

1. Identify Your Lion

Have you seen a lion in or around the Mara North Conservancy and surrounding conservation areas, and want to identify it? Use the left column to enter the characteristics of your lion to begin your search. You can use the 'How To' guides to help you.

Need help identifying lions? Click here

Need help ageing lions? Click here

2. Submit your Sighting and Photographs

Fill in the form to tell us about a lion that you have seen and submit your images. Don't forget to try and identify your lion first! We will then confirm the sighting and post it on the lion's profile page.

Need help reporting your sighting? Click here

Guide 1: Photographing and Identifying lions

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Guide 2: Ageing lions

download (500kb)

Download a blank ID sheet

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You can also pick up a booklet with the above information at your lodge.

You can read about the day-to-day lives of our study lions on our blog. If you've managed to identify your lion, it's a perfect way to keep up to date. 

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