Stories

  • Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s Lion and Elephant Stronghold December 11, 2020

    During October 2020, I travelled to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest protected area. Hwange is a key component of the Kavango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, a truly massive block of wildlife habitat. The park’s most striking feature is its enormous concentrations of elephants. Hwange is also a stronghold for lions, with the greater Hwange ecosystem holding 500 - 700 individuals.

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  • Recovering lions in Africa’s hyper-biodiverse heartlands October 23, 2020

    Located in eastern Central African Republic is a wildlife refuge with a violent history, but a bright future. Chinko is one of the wildest places on Earth and holds great promise for lion recovery. The Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) has now issued its largest ever grant, $840,000, to support the work of African Parks in Chinko to protect this vast wilderness for lions and other wildlife.

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  • The Lion Recovery Fund Shares Updates from the Field at WCN's Virtual Expo October 23, 2020

    Dr. Peter Lindsey of the Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) and John Kamanga of SORALO talk about the work they are doing to recover lion populations at the Wildlife Conservation Virtual Expo on October 17, 2020.

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  • Conserving Africa’s Wildlife through the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond July 30, 2020

    The COVID-19 crisis is creating a ‘perfect storm’ for conservation in Africa, as highlighted in this new paper. Economic downturns and the collapse of the tourism industry are reducing funding for conservation drastically.

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  • What is Bushmeat Poaching and How Does it Affect Lions? July 12, 2020

    Bushmeat poaching is one of the most serious threats facing wildlife in Africa today. But what is it and how does it affect lions? Bushmeat poaching is the illegal hunting of wildlife for meat, either for local consumption or for sale. Such hunting is often illegal because it is done within protected areas, without a license, with the use of prohibited traps and snares, or a combination of these reasons.

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  • Raising Cubs in Tanzania's Twin Hill Pride June 12, 2020

    Meet Nadine, the matriarch of the Twin Hill pride in Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. Nadine was born in 2012 to Nayomi, and for a few years these two lionesses and their cubs made up the Twin Hill pride. In 2017, a coalition of young males came into the picture and the pride grew rapidly. Nadine had a litter of cubs and the pride grew to 17 lions.

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