Tackling lion poaching in Limpopo National Park

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Grantee Greater Limpopo Carnivore Program
Type Protected Area Management
Location Limpopo National Park, Mozambique
Grant Amount $119,000
Duration 2 years

The Lion Recovery Fund has approved a grant to support a collaboration between Greater Limpopo Carnivore Program and Limpopo National Park to tackle the issue of lion poaching. Lions in Limpopo are severely affected by both targeted poaching for body parts and snares which are set by poachers in search of bushmeat. This collaboration will deploy a special Limpopo Lion Protection Unit designed to protect the remaining lions in the park from poaching and to remove all wire snares from the areas in which they live. These interventions will protect both lions and their prey. This project will grow over time and has the long term objective of providing significant protection for lions across large swathes of the Mozambican side of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. 

2019 UPDATE: This project represents an extension to funding issued in 2017. LRF funding is used to support ‘Lion Rangers’ who patrol in Limpopo National Park in Mozambique with the express objective of protecting lions from targeted poaching and of preventing bushmeat poaching, the two major threats to lions in the ecosystem. The lions are monitored with satellite collars, which allows for focussed protection in their home ranges. In this way, GLCP aims to turn around steep declines in lion numbers that occurred prior to the onset of this project and make Limpopo NP a stronghold for the species in Mozambique. 

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