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Building pride: female empowerment helps women & lions

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Reposted from my BBC article.

A male-dominated culture has meant that Samburu women rarely get a say in how their society handles big cats, but one project is trying to change that
Lionesses have a lot of power in lion society. The females typically work together to hunt down prey, and form crèches to look after their cubs. This cooperative behaviour brings in lots of food, and ensure that plenty of lion cubs survive to adulthood.

The female lions' empowerment stands in stark contrast to the human societies that live alongside the lions in Kenya's Samburu National Reserve. There, as in many other cultures throughout history, women have been discouraged from taking control – in part due to a male-dominated culture.

As it happens, lions – despite the lionesses' efforts – are vulnerable to extinction. So what might happen if we took a leaf out of the lions' book and began to allow women to make more decisions?

One Kenyan lion conservation organisation, Ewaso Lions, decide…