This page contains a list of ongoing or recently concluded projects related to African lion conservation. For more information on funding opportunities, please see the CITES Notification to Parties on existing funding opportunities for supporting African lion conservation activities.


Project Implementing organization Website Location Funding source & amount (USD)
A holistic approach to lion conservation in the Tarangire‐Manyara ecosystem

African People & Wildlife  

Tarangire Lion Project

Tanzania Lion Recovery Fund - $125,000
Baseline lion survey and needs assessment of Dinder National Park, Sudan WildCru Dinder National Park, Sudan

Lion Recovery Fund - $11,000  

Born Free Foundation

Campaign to reduce the demand for bushmeat Wildlife Crime Prevention Zambia, hoping to expand to Malawi in near future Lion Recovery Fund - $166,540
Emergency support for law enforcement in Niassa National Reserve Niassa Lion Project (in collaboration with ANAC, WCS, Niassa Wilderness, and Chuilexi) Mozambique Lion Recovery Fund - $55,000
Helping Zimbabwe with their national lion conservation planning process Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority Zimbabwe Lion Recovery Fund - $7,000
Incentive payments to encourage human-lion coexistence KopeLion Tanzania Lion Recovery Fund - $150,000
Incentivizing human-lion coexistence

Ruaha Carnivore Project  


Ruaha National Park, Tanzania Lion Recovery Fund - $120,000
Investigating the trade in lion body parts

Wildlife Crime Prevention  

Zambia Carnivore Programme  

Zambia’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife

Zambia Lion Recovery Fund - $76,000
Reducing human-lion conflict in northern Tanzania Big Life Foundation Tanzania Lion Recovery Fund - $26,000
Recovering Angola’s lion population Panthera Angola Lion Recovery Fund - $100,000
Reducing human-lion conflict in northwest Namibia Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) Namibia Lion Recovery Fund - $103,000
Reintroducing lions into Malawi African Parks Network   Department of National Parks and Wildlife Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Lion Recovery Fund - $60,000  

Dutch Government

Rehabilitating the protected areas around Lake Tanganyika

Frankfurt Zoological Society  

Zambia’s Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DNPW)

Northern Zambia

Lion Recovery Fund - $73,750  

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service  

GIZ-Partnership against Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade in Africa and Asia

Saving Senegal's last lions Panthera Niokolo-Koba National Park, Senegal

Lion Recovery Fund - $150,000  

Pétowal Mining Company

Securing core areas of Kafue National Park by tackling poaching Musekese Conservation Zambia Lion Recovery Fund - $30,000
Securing high value areas for large carnivores in Kafue National Park Panthera Zambia

Lion Recovery Fund - $55,000  

PUMA - $360,000

Securing lion populations in the Boma-Bandingilo Landscape in South Sudan Wildlife Conservation Society South Sudan Lion Recovery Fund - $128,000
Securing the buffer zones of Hwange National Park Conservation Wildlife Fund Zimbabwe

Lion Recovery Fund - $75,000  

Tourism industry via voluntary conservation levy

Securing the third of the four remaining West African lion populations Wildlife Conservation Society Nigeria Lion Recovery Fund - $100,000
Securing the stronghold of the West African lion African Parks Network Pendjari National Park, Benin

Total $23M partnership  

National Geographic Society  

Lion Recovery Fund - $100,000  

Wyss Foundation

Serengeti de-snaring programme

Frankfurt Zoological Society  

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA)  

Tanzania Association of Tour Operators (TATO)

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania Lion Recovery Fund - $136,850
Tackling lion poaching in Limpopo National Park Greater Limpopo Carnivore Program Limpopo National Park, Mozambique    

Lion Recovery Fund - $116,340  

National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative  

PAMS Foundation

Unlocking carbon finance for protected area management in Zambia

BioCarbon Partners  

Lion Landscapes

Zambia Lion Recovery Fund - $120,000
Tackling human-lion conflict in and around Queen Elizabeth National Park Wildlife Conservation Society Uganda Lion Recovery Fund - $136,742