No longer king of the jungle: New fund to aid Africa’s lions

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.

Outrage over lions’ death is not enough

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.

Mama Simba: The Mothers of Lions

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. 

Lions Lost, Lions Gained

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. 

It Takes a Village to Save Lions

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.”

Lion Warriors Make Peace in the Rain

With rain comes conflict. During northern Kenya’s rainy season, hunting becomes more difficult for lions because their prey grows stronger and faster with the abundance of vegetation and water. Lions are forced to travel longer distances in their hunt for animals like impala and gazelles, and on their way, they counter abundant livestock that are easy to target.