Maintaining Tanzania’s key lion populations through economic disruption

(c) Daniel Rosengren
Grantee Frankfurt Zoological Society
Type Protected Area Management
Location Tanzania
Grant Amount $299,835
Duration 6 months

The Serengeti National Park contains one of the largest lion populations on Earth, yet it is threatened by the likelihood of increased human-wildlife conflict. Unlike Serengeti National Park, the status of lions in the Selous Game Reserve is unknown, but this game reserve is one of Africa’s largest protected areas and does contain critically important population of lions. In 2020, LRF provided a grant to Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) that supports work being done in Selous Game Reserve and Serengeti National Park. This will be the third time LRF is supporting FZS’s work in Serengeti National Park, and it is acting as emergency support in the context of the COVID crisis. Additionally, this grant is providing support to FZS, for the second time, to enable them to provide critical support to TAWA in Selous Game Reserve and to TANAPA in the newly proclaimed Nyerere National Park. As of now, LRF has provided around $515,000 in support to Serengeti National Park and $365,000 in support to Selous Game Reserve via FZS.