Facilitate Lion Conservation Efforts

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How Do I Take Action? Your donation funds a monthly Volunteer Pack for a Samburu Warrior to assist in lion conservation, or helps build a lion's habitat enclosure to protect the lion population.

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Lion populations were once at 100,000, but due to habitat loss, human-wildlife conflict and poaching, lion populations are currently at 25,000, with only 2,000 lions in Kenya. The IUCN have lions listed as vulnerable, so African Wildlife Foundation’s Ewaso Lions project aims to promote lion conservation and lion-human coexistence in local communities through training local Samburu warriors to be wildlife ambassadors. The warriors are trained in data collection and GPS to report animal sightings, human-wildlife conflict, livestock issues and illegal poaching, while also changing their community’s attitude towards wild carnivores. In exchange for their active presence in lion conservation, they are given food and weekly lessons in reading and writing in English and Kiswahili and arithmetic.

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Human-wildlife conflict has existed ever since humans and wildlife shared land and resources. The most prevalent issue in regards to human-lion conflict is livestock depredation, which can lead to poverty and/or economic dependency in small-scale farmers and herders. This is the main contributor to negative attitudes and confrontations with wildlife and as a consequence, more lions are hunted and killed every year. The inclusion of locals, like the Samburu warriors, is crucial for effective wildlife conservation to improve their community’s attitudes and tolerance to wildlife. Changing the ways local communities react to wildlife can prevent unnecessary human and lion deaths and promote alternative methods to prevent livestock depredation, and finally, reaching coexistence. Lion habitats and herbivore populations are decreasing due to agriculture, urbanisation and poaching, forcing lions to kill livestock for survival. Also, being apex predators, lions have a vital ecological role to manage herbivore populations and control the spread of disease in the African savannahs and grasslands.

Facts & Stats Facts & Stats
  • Lions were once found in Africa, Asia and Europe. European lions were hunted to extinction about 1,000 years ago, and Asiatic lions are only found in India’s Gir Forest National Park. Currently, the only free-ranging lions are African lions but their numbers are decreasing quickly
  • African lion population has decreased by 43% in past 21 years
  • The darker the mane of a male lion, the older he is
  • A lion’s roar can be heard from up to 8 kilometres away
  • Lions can sleep for up to 20 hours a day
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Your impact donation is helping to achieve the below Sustainable Development Goals developed by the United Nations.

  • SDG1 No Poverty
  • SDG15 Life on Land


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African Wildlife Foundation

We are the primary advocate for the protection of wildlife and wild lands as an essential part of a modern and prosperous Africa. We focus on wildlife conservation, land and habitat protection and community empowerment to stop poaching and trafficking, protect endangered animals, mitigate climate change, manage land and natural resources, promote sustainable agriculture and tourism, decrease human-wildlife conflict and educate communities on wildlife and conservation.

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Ruaha National Park Ruaha National Park Ruaha National Park, 369, Iringa St, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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