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            Tackling human-lion conflict in the Maasai Mara ecosystem

            Jon McCormack
            Grantee Kenya Wildlife Trust
            Type Human-wildlife Coexistence
            Location Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem, Kenya
            Grant Amount $50,000
            Duration 1 year

            The Greater Maasai Mara Ecosystem (GMME) in Kenya is home to about 500 lions and is of critical importance to the conservation of the species. Wildlife in the GMME is subject to a number of key threats, such as human-wildlife conflict. High densities of people live adjacent to the wildlife areas of the GMME, resulting in lions frequently coming in contact with livestock. Tackling human-lion conflict is critical to ensure continued local support for conservation efforts and to prevent retaliatory killing – particularly the kind that involves poisoning, a frequent response to livestock depredation by lions. The LRF supported Kenya Wildlife Trust to tackle human-lion conflict through the deployment of community ambassadors that respond to conflict incidences, warn communities of the approach of lions, and raise awareness about livestock husbandry techniques needed to minimize conflict.