A holistic approach to lion conservation in the Tarangire‐Manyara ecosystem

African People & Wildlife
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Grantee African People & Wildlife
Type Promoting coexistence
Location Tanzania
Grant Amount $125,000
Duration 2 months

Lions in the Tarangire/Manyara system are affected by two primary threats: retaliatory killing as a result of human lion conflict and due to conversion of the rangelands around the protected areas. The wild herbivores of Tarangire make large-scale seasonal movements into the adjacent pastoral lands, and the health of the entire ecosystem is dependent upon those areas being well-managed and protected. African People & Wildlife in partnership with the Tarangire Lion Project have requested funding from the LRF for two activities: a) Rangeland management to tackle degradation of the pastoralist lands on which the local communities, livestock and wild herbivores depend. b) Monitoring of lions using satellite collars to enable a team of community Wildlife Warriors to warn livestock farmers when the lions enter into or come close to their grazing lands. This monitoring will also enable the team to detect changes in the number of lions in the ecosystem, which will allow for adaptive management of their conservation program.