Tackling snares and reducing human-lion conflict in Luangwa Valley

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Grantee Zambia Carnivore Programme (ZCP)/Conservation South Luangwa (CSL)
Type Promoting coexistence
Location Luangwa Valley, Zambia
Grant Amount $120,000
Duration 2 years

Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is an important stronghold for lions. However, the species is threatened by a wide-range of threats; most notably depletion of prey as a result of snaring. In addition, human-lion conflict has become an increasing problem due to an incursion of livestock into the game management areas. LRF is enabling them to tackle the twin threats of snaring and human-lion conflict. To tackle snaring, they are doing anti-poaching patrols and to allow for targeted protection of the 600-strong buffalo herd that occurs in their area. To tackle human-lion conflict, they are doing outreach and education to improve livestock husbandry; an early warning system to allow for notification of herders when lions approach their livestock; strengthening of livestock corrals; fencing of villages to prevent both human-lion and human-elephant conflict; and the development of a set of protocols for responding to human-lion conflict incidences.