The Lion Recovery Fund is pleased to support thus far the following projects based on the merit of their initiatives to recover lions and restore their landscapes.
African Parks Network
African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on direct responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. We currently manage ten parks in seven countries: Chad, Central African Republic (CAR), Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Rwanda and Zambia – covering an expansive six million hectares.
Big Life Foundation
Using innovative conservation strategies and collaborating closely with local communities, partner NGOs, national parks, and government agencies, Big Life Foundation seeks to protect and sustain East Africa’s wildlife and wild lands. The first organization in East Africa with coordinated anti-poaching teams operating on both sides of the Kenya-Tanzania border, Big Life recognizes that sustainable conservation can only be achieved through a community-based collaborative approach. This approach is at the heart of Big Life’s philosophy that conservation supports the people and people support conservation.
BioCarbon Partners/Lion Landscapes
BioCarbon Partners (BCP) works with rural communities to protect vital forests in Zambia and the iconic wildlife that live within. BCP forms strong community partnerships by prioritizing community engagement and creating incentives to conserve forest through long term performance based habitat protection agreements. Lion Landscapes works in partnership with local stakeholders to develop holistic programs that support lions, their prey, the habitat, and local people across Africa. They focus on lion research, capacity building, and innovation. The two organizations have partnered together to protect lions, secure critical lion habitat, and increase economic security for local communities and the government, in Zambia.
Conservation & Wildlife Fund
The Conservation & Wildlife Fund is a collaborative group of concerned and passionate conservationists working together with local stakeholders to ensure the long term protection of Zimbabwe’s wildlife and habitats.
With partners ranging from local communities to UN agencies across the world, Equilibrium Research explores and develops approaches to natural resource management that balance the needs of nature and people. They devise practical solutions to conservation challenges, from concept, to implementation, to evaluation of impact.
Frankfurt Zoological Society
FZS is committed to preserving wildlands and biological diversity in the last remaining wilderness areas on the planet. In Africa, FZS’s primary focus is field-based support for the management of key protected areas and surrounding community-managed buffer zones. In Africa, FZS is engaged in support for the management of eight iconic protected areas across five countries (Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe). These protected areas include the vast 44,000 km2Selous Game Reserve and the world-famous Serengeti National Park. FZS’s projects have achieved some notable conservation successes.
Greater Limpopo Carnivore Program
The Greater Limpopo Carnivore Program, founded in 2011, is dedicated to improving the conditions for survival of lions and other large carnivores across the Mozambican component of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation area (GLTFCA). Through scientifically guided conservation activities, the program aims to recover and restore the long-term viability of the Greater Limpopo Lion Conservation Unit meta-population. The program works across three national parks—Limpopo, Banhine and Zinave—four private wildlife reserves, and contiguous wildlife corridor areas to preserve these ecosystems and improve the connectivity for dispersal dependent species between the Mozambican National Parks and those of Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC)
Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) strives to improve the lives of rural people by diversifying the socio-economy in Namibia’s communal areas to include wildlife and other valuable natural resources. They believe this will secure a long-term place for wild animals outside of national parks, and significantly reduce future pressure on these areas.
Niassa Lion Project
Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique is one of the last great wild places on Earth and one of the remaining strongholds for the African lion. Lions have disappeared from 83% of their historical range on the continent, so every remaining viable habitat for these majestic big cats is crucial. Niassa Lion Project (NLP), established in 2003, aims to protect lions through a combination of scientific rigor, passion, empathy, and sound management practices. Their conservation initiatives are as much about people as they are about lions. By working closely with community members, government officials, reserve management team, and tourism operators, NLP is working to build a sustainable lion-friendly community.
Panthera is the only organization in the world that is devoted exclusively to the conservation of the world’s 40 wild cat species and their ecosystems. Utilizing the expertise of the world’s premier cat biologists, Panthera develops and implements global strategies for the most imperiled large cats: tigers, lions, jaguars, snow leopards, cheetahs, pumas, and leopards. Representing the most comprehensive effort of its kind, Panthera partners with local and international NGOs, scientific institutions, local communities, governments around the globe, and citizens who want to help ensure a future for wild cats. Panthera’s grants program, the Small Cat Action Fund (SCAF), additionally supports conservation and research initiatives on many of the smaller wild cat species around the globe.
Ruaha Carnivore Project
The Ruaha Carnivore Project, part of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation research unit (WildCRu) was established in 2009 to help develop effective conservation strategies for large carnivores in Tanzania’s remote Ruaha landscape. This vast, amazing landscape supports around 10% of all remaining lions, as well key populations of several other large carnivore species. However, even in Ruaha, they are threatened by many factors including intense conflict with local people. RCP works with partners to effectively reduce human-carnivore conflict. This work reduces the impacts of carnivores on the livelihoods of impoverished pastoralists, and also reduces the frequency with which farmers kill carnivores to protect their livestock.
Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), part of the University of Oxford’s Department of Zoology, is a pioneering, inter-disciplinary research unit whose mission is to achieve practical solutions to conservation problems through original scientific research.
Wildlife Crime Prevention Project
The Wildlife Crime Prevention Project is dedicated to working alongside public and private partners to create a Zambia free from illegal wildlife trade through law enforcement, education and research.
Wildlife Conservation Society
Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. WCS aims to conserve the world's largest wild places in 16 priority regions, home to more than 50% of the planet's biodiversity.