The loss of half of lions the past 25 years demands that donors and conservationists alike unite and bring our best, collaborative investments and actions forward for the recovery of lions and the restoration of their landscapes.
There is hope. Lions will rapidly recover if entrepreneurial conservationists are empowered to address the biggest threats to lions—such as human-lion conflict, bushmeat poaching, and habitat loss. If the core reserves in lion range were more effectively managed and the local communities around them supported, we could have 3-4 times the number of lions we have today.The objective of the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) is therefore to strengthen the management of protected areas and support local communities around them who live with lions.
Launched by the Wildlife Conservation Network and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, the Lion Recovery Fund drives your investment to game-changing actions by the most effective, vetted partners who work collaboratively to bring lions back. Through strategic investments and collaboration with other public and private donors, the Lion Recovery Fund aspires to support a doubling of the number of lions by 2050, the same year when Africa’s human population is expected to double. We are committed to seeing thriving savannah landscapes where Africa’s people, its economic development and its lions all coexist.
While the Lion Recovery Fund targets site-based conservation results on the ground in Africa, it also supports campaign strategies that build public, political, and philanthropic will for lion recovery. Today, too few people recognize the dramatic decline of lions and what that represents—loss of ecosystem services, the disappearance of other wildlife, and risks to African economies where tourism is important. The Lion Recovery Fund therefore invests in projects in both Africa and in western donor countries to build the commitment to recover lions and restore their wild landscapes. The Lion Recovery Fund will operate until lions are on a clear path toward doubling their numbers, indicating healthier protected landscapes across Africa.