Stories

  • South Africa Bans Commercialized Captive Lion Facilities May 6, 2021

    The South African government recently decided to ban the captive lion industry in their country, a move applauded by conservationists. The commercial use of captive lions has been a source of concern and controversy for years, with over 360 facilities holding between 8,000 and 12,000 lions throughout South Africa.

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  • andBeyond's Podcast with Dr. Peter Lindsey Discusses the Future of Lions April 28, 2021

    andBeyond, a key member of the Lionscape Coalition, recently released a podcast featuring Dr. Peter Lindsey, Director of the Lion Recovery Fund. In this fascinating interview, Dr. Lindsey discusses the major threats that lions face, conservation efforts to prevent further lion population decline, and their future in the wild.

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  • Learning to Value the Lives of Lions April 9, 2021

    With a recent grant from the Lion Recovery Fund, the Lion Coalition Project, which is led by the Niassa Lion Project, is employing an innovative conservation approach wherein communities are incentivized to protect wildlife, reducing human-lion conflict and turning lions from a liability to a financial benefit.

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  • Translocation May No Longer Be a Solution to Human-Lion Conflict March 25, 2021

    In many African countries, governments support conservationists relocating problematic lions that prey on livestock. This is generally a much better solution than killing the big cats, and for decades, wildlife managers have used translocation as a humane way to reduce human-lion conflict. But recent studies suggest that this method may not be working.

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  • Attracting Investment to Africa's Protected Area Network March 19, 2021

    Africa has a vast and incredible network for protected areas (PAs), boasting by far the greatest diversity and abundance of large mammals in the world. However, the wildlife authorities charged with managing and protecting these areas often suffer from severe funding shortages as African governments juggle an array of competing developmental challenges.

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  • New Conservation Strategies Reduce Lion Decline in Botswana February 26, 2021

    The LRF funds CLAWS Conservancy, who works with local farmers to improve management of livestock to protect rangelands and reduce human-lion conflict. These efforts are designed to promote coexistence between people and lions and reduce the high levels of retaliatory killing that occurred prior to the onset of the project.

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