What We Fund

The Lion Recovery Fund’s goal is to double the number of lions by 2050 through deeper and broader actions by the conservation and philanthropic community alike

We target protected landscapes—core protected areas and the communal areas within, around and connecting them—so that they are resourced and managed to help lions, their habitats and prey, and people thrive. 

Please download our 2019 Progress Report for a more detailed look into the focus of our investments.


Conservation actions on the ground

Photo: John McCormack

  • Protecting the Core Areas for Lions
    The LRF is working to secure and provide conservation planning for the protection of core lion habitat across the continent, and to help establish a conservation presence in areas where there was previously little to none.
  • Promoting Co-existence Between People and Lions
    When conflict occurs between lions and the local communities living alongside them—typically due to lions preying on livestock—it can lead to retaliatory killings. This is one of the biggest threats facing lions.
  • Tackling the Lion Trade
    In recent years, there has been a marked spike in the poaching of lions for their body parts. The LRF supports efforts to investigate and get ahead of this emerging threat to lions. 



Conservation campaigns to foster pride for lions—in Africa and beyond

Photo: Ken and Michelle Dyball

The LRF supports creative, innovative campaigns that abate threats to wildlife and build the public, political, and philanthropic will to protect lions. Campaigns supported by the LRF are designed to build pride and support for lion conservation in Africa and to raise awareness in the West about the crisis facing lions.



Collaborations for more effective impact

Photo: Jon McCormack

The LRF supports convening initiatives that incentivize conservation groups to collaborate in order to strategically expand and align efforts and funding for lion and landscapes recovery.