Collaborating to Conserve Lions

Purpose

Lions, one of the most iconic carnivores across Africa, have suffered severe declines across their range over the past 25 years. Very few sustainable lion populations remain in Africa, and they are restricted to a small set of protected areas. Lincoln Park Zoo works with partners in Tanzania to support healthy lion populations.

About

Lions are threatened across much of Africa. It is likely that fewer than 20,000 lions remain in Africa, down from an estimated population of 500,000 in the early 1900s. Numbers continue to decline and have dropped by nearly 50 percent since 1993. Threats to the species are mainly the result of habitat loss, a reduction in available prey, and conflict with local communities that results in retaliatory killing when lions attack livestock. Tanzania is home to almost half of Africa’s remaining lions and is therefore a crucial country for lion conservation. Lincoln Park Zoo collaborates with partners in Tanzania to protect lion habitat and increase tolerance for lions within local communities.

Collaborating with KopeLion

Lincoln Park Zoo is a long-time partner with the KopeLion Project based in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in northern Tanzania. Zoo conservationists support KopeLion with scientific and technical expertise to strengthen their on-the-ground protection of lions in the ecosystem.

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Protecting Wildlife Corridors in Tarangire

Zoo conservationists work with partners in the Greater Tarangire Ecosystem to protect important migration corridors for elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, zebras, and other key species. Protecting land for wildlife habitat also protects lions by supporting healthy prey populations.

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The Tanzania Conservation Research Program

Bison, zebras, and other wildlife graze on the African savanna

 

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Tanzania Conservation Research Program focuses on monitoring wildlife populations, understanding and reducing human-wildlife conflict, and protecting critical wildlife migration corridors in northern Tanzania.

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Staff

Charles Foley, Ph.D.
Senior Conservation Scientist
Tanzania Conservation Research Program
Lara Foley, M.S.
Research Coordinator
Tanzania Conservation Research Program
Lisa Faust, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Population Ecology
Conservation & Science
Judy Che-Castaldo, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Alexander Center for Applied Population Biology