Snare removal and infrastructure support in Serengeti National Park

© Daniel Rosengren
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Grantee Frankfurt Zoological Society
Type Protected Area Management
Location Tanzania
Grant Amount $743,348
Duration 4 years

The Serengeti National Park contains one of the largest lion populations on earth. This population is threatened by growing human pressures, including high levels of snaring of wild ungulates for bushmeat, illegal livestock grazing in the park and human-lion conflict around the edges. Frankfurt Zoological Society has requested funding for four activities to support the efforts of the Tanzania National Parks Authority: a) the development of a control room to coordinate law enforcement and PA management; b) an additional de-snaring team dedicated to removing poachers' snares; c) veterinary drugs to allow for the darting of lions and other animals caught in snares; d) a smart parks (LoRa) monitoring system – which allows for easy detection of collared lions when they pass within range of fixed masts, such that information will be passed to the KopeLion team when collared lions pass into neighboring high-conflict zones. Part of the requested funding will be released as a match that can be unlocked through further donations by the local tourism sector to encourage greater local participation in conservation efforts. 

Update: In late 2019, a second large grant was issued to FZS to help strengthen their de-snaring teams and anti-livestock teams, and to support intelligence work designed to better understand and tackle the commercial trade in bushmeat. Then in 2020, a substantial grant was issued to help further strengthen the activities already funded for the next two years, and also to ensure that FZS are in a position to strengthen support to authorities struggling for funding as a result of the COVID-19 crisis.