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.
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.
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 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.