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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.

Today there are only 20,000 lions left in the world. Billy Dodson.


Goal 1

To collect information about the ecology, distribution, movement, mortality and abundance of carnivores and their prey across the Ruaha landscape.


Goal 2

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.


Goal 3

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. 

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