Securing the stronghold of the West African lion

Photo: Phil Henschel
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Grantee African Parks
Type Protected Area Management
Location Pendjari National Park, Benin
Grant Amount $100,000
Duration Two years

Pendjari National Park in Benin forms part of the 10,488 square mile W-Arly-Pendjari (WAP) protected area complex that straddles Benin, Burkina Faso, and Niger and which holds 90% of West Africa’s lions. This complex is two and half times the size of Yellowstone National Park. Pendjari retains the largest wildlife population in the WAP complex, including its population of about 70-100 lions; the park could hold approximately 400-500 lions given adequate law enforcement and management. African Parks has signed a contract to assume management of the park. The Lion Recovery Fund has granted funding for increasing law enforcement in the complex, for understanding lion population sizes and movements, and for appraising the impact of trophy hunting on lions in the area. The LRF’s grant will unlock matching funding from the Wyss Foundation.