Lions Project profile
Lions & other carnivores
Study species: Lion, spotted hyaena, leopard, cheetah and wild dog
Project location: Ruaha, Iringa Region, Tanzania
Species fact: Lions’ noses get darker as they age, so we can use the colour to work out how old they are. This is unique for lions amongst the big cats.
Problem: Protected areas in Tanzania are not fenced, which means that wildlife and humans come into contact, often leading to conflict. Attacks on livestock, combined with traditional beliefs, mean that carnivores are frequently the victims of indiscriminate killings on village land around protected regions.
To collect information about the ecology, distribution, movement, mortality and abundance of carnivores and their prey across the Ruaha landscape.
To investigate the extent of human-carnivore conflict around Ruaha National Park. To understand whether bushmeat hunting is also a serious threat, and then implement locally appropriate strategies to reduce those threats.
To reduce the costs to villagers of living alongside carnivores by providing communities with direct benefits from the presence of carnivores in order to increase tolerance and enable coexistence.
What your donation can achieve
Can pay for a village conflict officer for one month or buy a GPS devise for one of our Lion Defenders
Will provide nutritious porridge for all the children at a local school for two months or will buy a camera trap which we can use to monitor carnivores and other wildlife
Can buy the wire needed to protect three livestock enclosures – or bomas
Can pay for a team of two Lion Defenders for one year or a motorbike ambulance to support local communities
Header banner video ‘Walk alongside a pride of lions in Ruaha National Park, Tanzania’ by Vincent Kavaya.