Stories

  • The Demand for Lion Parts in Zambia May 14, 2018

    Targeted poaching of lions for skins, claws, teeth, bones, and other body parts is a new threat to the species - serious in some places, and a potential threat in others.

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  • Bushmeat Poaching and Snaring in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda May 14, 2018

    A shocking photo/update from LRF grantee Wildlife Conservation Society in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.

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  • From Landscapes to Lionscapes April 5, 2018

    It was a long drive from northern Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP). After almost 10 hours cooped up in the truck, Peter Lindsey was eager to arrive. Uganda is known for its deep green forests and wide savannahs—home to elephants, gorillas, and lions—but Peter, director of WCN’s Lion Recovery Fund, had seen nothing of the sort. Instead, he saw extensive deforestation, with nature’s elegant fabric replaced by a patchwork of farmlands and exotic trees.

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  • #ThisIsNotAGame: Campaign to End Illegal Bushmeat Trade December 6, 2017

    Illegal bushmeat trade—the illegal, commercial and unsustainable trade in wildlife meat—is probably the single greatest threat to wildlife (including lions) in Zambia and surrounding countries in the Southern African region. To tackle this problem head-on, the Wildlife Crime Prevention Project—a grantee of the Lion Recovery Fund—has launched a hard-hitting public awareness campaign, This Is Not a Game, with one critical goal: to end illegal bushmeat trade.

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  • No Longer King of the Jungle: New Fund to Aid Africa's Lions August 14, 2017

    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.

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  • Outrage Over Lions' Deaths Is Not Enough July 27, 2017

    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.

    USA Today