Stories

  • Learning to Value the Lives of Lions April 9, 2021

    With a recent grant from the Lion Recovery Fund, the Lion Coalition Project, which is led by the Niassa Lion Project, is employing an innovative conservation approach wherein communities are incentivized to protect wildlife, reducing human-lion conflict and turning lions from a liability to a financial benefit.

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  • Translocation May No Longer Be a Solution to Human-Lion Conflict March 25, 2021

    In many African countries, governments support conservationists relocating problematic lions that prey on livestock. This is generally a much better solution than killing the big cats, and for decades, wildlife managers have used translocation as a humane way to reduce human-lion conflict. But recent studies suggest that this method may not be working.

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  • Attracting Investment to Africa's Protected Area Network March 19, 2021

    Africa has a vast and incredible network for protected areas (PAs), boasting by far the greatest diversity and abundance of large mammals in the world. However, the wildlife authorities charged with managing and protecting these areas often suffer from severe funding shortages as African governments juggle an array of competing developmental challenges.

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  • New Conservation Strategies Reduce Lion Decline in Botswana February 26, 2021

    The LRF funds CLAWS Conservancy, who works with local farmers to improve management of livestock to protect rangelands and reduce human-lion conflict. These efforts are designed to promote coexistence between people and lions and reduce the high levels of retaliatory killing that occurred prior to the onset of the project.

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  • 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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