Recovering Angola’s lion population

Steve Mandel
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Grantee Panthera
Type Protected Area Management
Location Angola
Grant Amount $100,000
Duration 1 year

Luengue-Luiana National Park is the largest park in Angola at about 30,000 square miles, roughly twice the size of Switzerland. Two years ago, Panthera completed a survey of carnivores in the park and found only 30 or so lions remaining. The primary threat facing them appeared to be extensive poaching of their prey species for bushmeat. Panthera recently secured an agreement with the Angolan government to provide financial and technical support for the management of the park. Luengue-Luiana is adjacent to well-stocked protected areas in Namibia; if Panthera can provide effective site-security, lions and their prey species can be expected to recover swiftly. The Lion Recovery Fund’s grant will enable Panthera to purchase essential equipment and hire key staff to kick-start their site-security efforts.