Investigating the presence of West African lions in Sierra Leone

Investigating the presence of West African lions in Sierra Leone

Frans Van Heerden
Grantee Sarah Bell
Type Conservation Planning
Location Outamba Kilimi National Park, Sierra Leone
Grant Amount $8,370
Duration 1 year

Current literature states that there aren’t any lions in Sierra Leone, but in 2017 a camera trap caught a photo of a male lion in the southwestern region of the Outamba Kilimi National Park. Sarah Bell of Pan Verus Project received a grant from the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) in order to do an exploratory camera trap survey of the national park. If this survey is successful in finding a resident group of lions, Sarah and her team plan to utilize this information to gain support from the national park, the Sierra Leonean government, and international organizations.