Stories

  • The Demise and Rise of Kafue's Mukambi River Pride January 11, 2021

    Mukambi River Pride – one of the most iconic prides of lions in Zambia’s vast Kafue National Park was first collared by LRF-grantee Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) in 2016. It is one of the most successful prides in the central Kafue region. But in July 2020, the pride suffered a tragic blow when a collared female was killed by poachers.

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  • The Pandemic-Fueled Conservation Crisis in Africa January 11, 2021

    A recent story from bioGraphic details the conservation crisis happening throughout Africa due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is certainly true in Kafue National Park in Zambia, where LRF grantee Panthera has focused its efforts supporting law enforcement to curb poaching and strengthen protected area management for lions and other wildlife. Dr. Peter Lindsey, Director of the LRF, describes how budget deficits have hindered conservation work, but also highlight areas where improvements to established practices can have lasting positive effects.

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  • Africa's Rangers: Guardians of the Wilderness December 28, 2020

    The men and women serving as rangers in Africa’s vast network of conservation areas play a critical role in protecting the continent’s biodiversity. Often underpaid and underappreciated, Africa’s rangers have to work in extremely difficult and dangerous conditions, frequently facing attack by armed poachers.

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  • Conserving Lions Helps Conserve All Savanna Biodiversity December 17, 2020

    Lions are a flagship species, meaning their popularity can help raise funding in a way that most other species cannot. They are also an umbrella species, meaning that they depend upon healthy savanna ecosystems; the conservation interventions needed to protect lions also help protect all other species in the areas that lions live.

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  • Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s Lion and Elephant Stronghold December 11, 2020

    During October 2020, I travelled to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest protected area. Hwange is a key component of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, a truly massive block of wildlife habitat. The park’s most striking feature is its enormous concentrations of elephants. Hwange is also a stronghold for lions, with the greater Hwange ecosystem holding 500 - 700 individuals.

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  • Recovering lions in Africa’s hyper-biodiverse heartlands October 23, 2020

    Located in eastern Central African Republic is a wildlife refuge with a violent history, but a bright future. Chinko is one of the wildest places on Earth and holds great promise for lion recovery. The Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) has now issued its largest ever grant, $840,000, to support the work of African Parks in Chinko to protect this vast wilderness for lions and other wildlife.

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