Stories

  • Watch the Lion Recovery Fund's Wildlife Conservation Expo Talk October 11, 2021

    Watch the Lion Recovery Fund's amazing presentation on the work we're supporting to protect lions, their prey, and their habitats throughout Africa. Dr. Peter Lindsey, Director of the LRF, discusses the state of lion conservation in 2021 and how we need to expand our efforts and conservation management to protect lion populations and their land.

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  • The Major Threats to Lions October 4, 2021

    When people think of lions, the assumption is that they must undoubtedly be flourishing in the wild. But lions are facing complex threats, and in the last 25 years, Africa has lost over half of its lions. Poaching, habitat loss, and human-wildlife conflict threaten Africa's iconic big cats.

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  • The Ecological Role of Lions September 20, 2021

    Lions are the apex predator of the African savanna, playing a critical role in managing large herbivore populations. In a balanced ecosystem, the number of herbivores needs to be kept in check. If there are too many, vegetation is overgrazed and habitats inevitably degrade.

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  • The King of the Lion Pride September 9, 2021

    Unlike all other cats, the physical distinction between male and female lions is unmistakable—a mature male is defined by a large, thick mane around his head, neck, and shoulders. Male lions’ manes are a unique characteristic that also tell a story.

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  • Guardians of the Trench: Protecting Uganda's Wildlife and People September 1, 2021

    In Uganda, there is a trench that serves as a boundary between Queen Elizabeth National Park and its neighboring community. Karegyesa Deo’s home is right next to this trench, and with help from the LRF, he helps maintain the trench to reduce conflict between people and lions.

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  • Where the Wild Lions Roam August 26, 2021

    Roaming from the southeastern stretches of Europe through nearly all of Africa and eastward to the Bay of Bengal, lions once had an astonishingly expansive range. Today, lions have disappeared from over 94% of that historical range.

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