Did you know that Africa’s lion population has almost halved in the past 25 years?
Habitat loss and fragmentation, illegal wildlife trade, bushmeat poaching and human-lion conflict continue to threaten lions across Africa, which are now classified by the IUCN as Vulnerable, with the West African subspecies Critically Endangered. Yet lions are a resilient species and a turnaround is still possible if these key issues are addressed.
The Lion Recovery Fund (LRF) was established by the Wildlife Conservation Network in 2017, in partnership with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, to reverse this sharp decline in lion populations. The future of Africa’s irreplaceable wilderness and wildlife and the ecotourism industry are inseparable from the future of the African lion. Wilderness Safaris is therefore proud to have partnered with the LRF and other leading ecotourism operators to launch the Lionscape Coalition – an innovative initiative that has seen commercial competitors come together to help secure a future for Africa’s lions and the restoration of their landscapes. By joining forces for lions, we are collectively showcasing our dedication to conservation, and exceeding our reach beyond the mainstream tourism circuit to other areas in dire need of support.
Learn why lions are in trouble and what we can do to help them recover. Film narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio.
Where we are making an impact:
The LRF Impact to date:
42 projects 18 countries 29 partners USD4 million deployed 23% of Africa’s lion range covered by LRF grantees 30% of Africa’s lion population covered by LRF grantees 20 212 snares removed 250 poachers arrested 355 poachers’ camps destroyed 205 rangers, or community guardians/scouts LRF has helped employ
458 people in total that the LRF has helped employ 110 camera traps deployed 37 lions fitted with tracking collars
When we say we’re there every step of the way, we mean it, literally. From planning the perfect circuit, to private inter-camp transfers on Wilderness Air, and easing you through Customs. We’re with you on the ground, at your side, 24-7, from start to finish. Ready to take the road less travelled? Contact our Travel Designers to plan an unforgettable journey.