Protecting Namibia’s desert-adapted lions.. Damaraland in North West Namibia is home to a unique population of lions that have become behaviourally adapted to extremely harsh desert conditions. This population has increased significantly in recent years due to Namibia’s impressive community conservancy programme. However, with increasing lion numbers has come increasing human-lion conflict. The LRF is proud to announce a grant to IRDNC* to help them prevent livestock depredation by lions and to create incentives for communities to live with the big cats. This support we hope will contribute to making sure that the Damaraland lion conservation story remains a success. *Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation
Photo by IRDNC #humanwildlifeconflict#lionconservation#pantheraleo#bigcatsofinstagram#naturephotography#realconservation#desertlions#namibia
African lions are one of the most iconic animals on the planet, but we've lost half of them in just 25 years. @LionRecovery Fund (LRF) and our partners are working to bring lions back. Today, the LRF is celebrating #EndangeredSpeciesDay with an announcement of six new grants in key lion sites across Africa. Each of these projects shows there is hope for lions to recover. Learn about the different projects in our most recent press release - the link is in our bio. Photo by Grace Chu and Steven Dang #lions#savelions#lionrecovery#wildlifeconservation#wildlife#protectourplanet
The future for lions presents binary possibilities. Business as usual is going to result in dramatic ongoing declines in the numbers and distribution of these magnificent cats. However, if African governments continue to invest the necessary land for wildlife conservation, and if African governments and the international community step up to the plate and provide the elevation in funding needed to tackle conservation threats on the continent, the future will be much brighter. The existing protected area network, if properly funded, could support 3-4x the number of lions that currently survive in the wild.
Perspective of the day from LRF Director, @peterlindseyafrica
Photo by @neilmidlane
To all the fierce and protective Moms out there, we would like to wish you a happy Mother’s Day! Photo by Susan McConnell
Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique is a stronghold for lions. With 800-1000 lions, Niassa has by far the largest population in Mozambique and one of the most important on the continent. Lions in Niassa are threatened by a range of human pressures, including bushmeat poaching (which removes their prey) and targeted poaching of lions for their body parts. The LRF has provided funding to @niasslionproject following a joint proposal from Niassa Reserve Management Authority (ANAC, @thewcs) and Niassa Conservation Alliance. This funding is to strengthen the capacity of the reserve to process criminal cases involving wildlife crime. This will help keep lions and their prey more safe.
Photo by @keith_begg. #antipoaching#wildlifecrime#poaching#lionpoaching#snaring#lionconservation
Update on Naturinda the lion
Naturinda was caught in a snare in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda last month. She was darted, had the snare removed and treated. Since then the @thewcs field team have been monitoring her and the rest of her pride. Unfortunately, she has separated from her pride and has not been seen for two weeks. At the moment, it is not known if she has survived or not. Finding her is not easy, because she is not collared. The field team is searching hard for her, and we will give you an update as soon as we hear news. This incident emphasises the severity of the threat posed to African wildlife from the bushmeat poaching and snaring scourge. Tackling this threat is a key component of the LRF strategy. We remain hopeful that Naturinda is alive and will report back soon.
We acknowledge the hard work of the Uganda Wildlife Authority and partners such as @thewcs to tackle this and other conservation threats
Lions can benefit people! The tourism industry in Africa is already worth a staggering USD34 billion per year and is set to expand with growing global demand among the world’s public to see species such as lions. Many African countries are currently overly dependent on commodities or agriculture, and nature-based tourism can diversify and grow economies. However, the potential of the tourism industry will ONLY be realised if much greater investment is made in protecting the assets on which it depends. This means more funding for the protection of lions and other wildlife, and for the management of the wilderness areas on which they depend. Perspective from LRF Director, @petelindseyafrica
Photo by @neilmidlane
Crèche of Lion Cubs.. when an incoming group of males takeover a pride, they often kill the young cubs, which results in the synchronous onset of oestrus among the females. This means that multiple sets of cubs are often born around the same time. Lionesses frequently allow the cubs of other females, and especially their close relatives, to suckle.
Just off for my morning jog. What could possibly go wrong?
These lion tracks were photographed in Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique. Niassa holds by far the largest population of lions in Mozambique of perhaps 800-1,000 individuals. The reserve is enormous at 42,000 km2 (16,000 square miles) and encompasses some of the most beautiful savannahs on the continent. However, the area is greatly threatened by a range of challenges, including among others, poaching of wildlife for bushmeat and targeted poaching of lions for their body parts. The LRF provided support for law enforcement to Niassa to help deal with these threats. Photos by @petelindseyafrica (Ps jokes aside, walking or running in areas where wild lions and other dangerous wildlife occur requires great caution and should ideally not be done without a qualified guide. Treat wildlife with respect). #liontracks#lionspoor#spoor#lionconservation#mozambique#bigcatsofinstagram#lionsofinstagram#lionrecovery
Happy Workers Day, Labour Day, May Day or whatever it is to you, wherever in the world you are from the LRF team! Photo by @petelindseyafrica