Stories

  • #ThisIsNotAGame: Campaign to End Illegal Bushmeat Trade December 6, 2017

    Illegal bushmeat trade—the illegal, commercial and unsustainable trade in wildlife meat—is probably the single greatest threat to wildlife (including lions) in Zambia and surrounding countries in the Southern African region. To tackle this problem head-on, the Wildlife Crime Prevention Project—a grantee of the Lion Recovery Fund—has launched a hard-hitting public awareness campaign, This Is Not a Game, with one critical goal: to end illegal bushmeat trade.

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  • No Longer King of the Jungle: New Fund to Aid Africa's Lions August 14, 2017

    Senegal’s Niokolo-Koba National Park is home to fewer than 50 lions after years of poaching decimated not only them but also their prey. Small patches of lion skin are sold at local fetish markets for $10, and their bones have a thriving market in Asia.

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  • Outrage Over Lions' Deaths Is Not Enough July 27, 2017

    The deaths of lion Xanda recently and his father Cecil in 2015 ignited a wave of reporting and a global concern for the future of lions. Though well intentioned, that passion is not being harnessed in a way that is making a real difference for these creatures.

    USA Today
  • Mama Simba: The Mothers of Lions June 1, 2017

    In the Samburu region of northern Kenya, home to one of the largest populations of lions in the country, conservation is serious business. Our partners at Ewaso Lions focus their efforts on protecting lions in this region, and they depend on the local community to help them, including the Samburu women. As prime homemakers and livestock caretakers, Samburu women come into regular contact with wildlife just as often as the men in their community do. It was for them that Ewaso Lions created the Mama Simba (or “Mother of Lions”) program, as a way to give women a role in protecting lions while also learning how to live peacefully alongside wildlife.

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  • Lions Lost, Lions Gained February 21, 2017

    Africa’s lions are in a quiet yet violent crisis. Few people realize it, but we have lost half of lions the past 25 years, and there are fewer lions in Africa than there are elephants, or even rhinos. Africa’s human population will double by 2050, meaning loss of wild habitat, huge impacts by people on lion prey, and massive conflict between lions and humans who struggle to live alongside them.

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  • It Takes a Village to Save Lions November 29, 2016

    In Mozambique’s Niassa Reserve, the fate of lions is profoundly linked to the lives of the local people. That’s why the team at Niassa Lion Project (NLP) often say, “our work is as much about people as it is about lions.”

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