Stories

  • The Immense Suffering Caused by Bushmeat Poaching February 12, 2021

    The bushmeat trade, which is the poaching and trade of wildlife for meat, is one of the greatest threats affecting lions and other species in Africa. Bushmeat poaching affects lions in two ways—by causing loss of the prey species on which they depend, and also through the unintentional capture of lions in the snares and traps set for other species.

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  • African Parks Receives Attention for Their Work in Chad January 28, 2021

    The President of Chad recently visited Zakouma National Park and was really impressed by the work being done by African Parks, an LRF grantee. He encouraged Chadians to visit the park, which is important as developing domestic tourism is critical to increasing the resilience of tourism revenues.

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  • 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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