The Lion Recovery Fund’s goal is to double the number of lions by 2050 through deeper and broader actions by the conservation and philanthropic community alike.
We target protected landscapes—core protected areas and the communal areas within, around and connecting them—so that they are resourced and managed to help lions, their habitats and prey, and people thrive.
Please download our February 2021 Progress Report for a more detailed look into the focus of our investments.
Conservation actions on the ground
- Ensuring Effective Protected Area Management
Africa has a massive network of protected areas with enormous potential for lion recovery. However, these areas are chronically underfunded, making them susceptible to a growing array of human threats. The LRF provides funding to a wide range of projects designed to provide support for the management of these areas, which protects lions, their prey and the habitats on which they depend.
- Promoting Human-Wildilfe Coexistence
The LRF supports a range of projects designed to promote coexistence between people and lions in the community rangelands that occur around and in between protected areas. These projects involve a variety of approaches including those designed to: reduce the costs borne by local people as a result of living with lions; to incentivize local people to protect wildlife; and to help communities set aside and manage land for wildlife.
- Tackling the Illegal Wildlife Trade
The illegal wildlife trade affects lions in two key ways. Firstly, lions are poached directly for their body parts, such as skins, claws, teeth and fat. Secondly, the prey in which lions depend on are killed for bushmeat to supply a growing commercial trade. Poachers hunting animals for bushmeat often use snares that also kill lions as incidental by-catch. The LRF is supporting a number of projects designed to tackle both the trade in lion body parts and bushmeat to help keep lions and their prey safe.
Conservation campaigns to foster pride for lions—in Africa and beyond
The LRF supports campaigns designed to build public, philanthropic, and political will for conservation, as well as campaigns designed to increase public awareness around issues that are pertinent to lion conservation, such as bushmeat poaching.
Collaborations for more effective impact
The LRF supports the development and implementation of strategies and processes that lay the groundwork for effective conservation. Such projects also help to foster collaboration among diversified stakeholders, increasing the effectiveness of conservation efforts.