Donation amount: £28,500
The first donation to come from Remembering Lions was awarded in the South Rift Valley, home to one of the highest densities of lions in any non-protected area of Africa.
There are estimated to be 23 to 30 lions over the age of one in the valley.
These lions live alongside local Maasai who farm and graze their livestock in the valley, an important corridor between the Maasai Mara and Amboseli.
The SORALO project aims to ensure the South Rift Valley’s ecosystem remains healthy and protected for the benefit of both the local people and wildlife.
A £25,000 grant was given to SORALO’s 'Rebuilding the Pride' project, to fund a new patrol and research vehicle.
The new vehicle will be used for research, monitoring and for the occasional rescue of lost cows, with the aim of minimising conflict.
A further £3,500 donation has since been made towards camping gear for the rangers.
Niassa National Reserve is one of the largest protected areas in Africa. It is home to an estimated 800 to 1,000 lions, along with wild dogs, leopards and spotted hyena.
coexistence and a shared respect for people, wildlife and the environment.
Donation amount: £11,481
The Zambian Carnivore Programme is a not-for-profit Zambian organisation working in close collaboration with the Department of National Parks and Wildlife, and dedicated to conserving large carnivores and ecosystems.
Our donation will be used by their Luangwa Lion Project for anti-snaring work, combatting traffic in lions, training of future Zambian lion conservationists and outreach to local communities.
The Luangwa Valley is one of ten remaining lion strongholds left on the continent and has Zambia’s largest lion population.
Location: Nigeria and Uganda
Donation amount: £32,500
We are supporting the work of The Wildlife Conservation Society in Yankari National Park in Nigeria as well as their work in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda, over in East Africa.
The donation will be split between the two and used for Lion Protection Patrols and collaring, using data to identify core areas used by lions in order to intensify patrol effort in those areas.
The lion population in Yankari is estimated to be less than 20 individuals that are extremely vulnerable to extinction. In Murchison Falls, our funds will be focused on lions in the less accessible northern sector, which is exposed to high levels of snaring. Our funds will cover four collars in each site for two years.
Donation amount: £15,300
The Ruaha Carnivore Project is part of Oxford University's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU).
This landscape supports around 10% of all remaining wild lions. Our donation is being split between two projects there, community camera trapping and Lion Defenders.
Community camera trapping is an innovative way of encouraging villagers to capture data of wildlife in their area, with images earning points and - subject to no retaliations - points mean prizes!
Every three months these points are converted into healthcare, education and veterinary benefits, demonstrating a direct link between wildlife conservation and community benefits.
Lion Defenders employs local Maasai and Barabaig warriors to defend rather than hunt lions, as a way to prove their status. They work to detect and prevent traditional lion hunts, are given literacy training and also new skills in GPS and radio-telemetry.
Lion Defenders are now seen as attractive prospects for husbands in a way that previously, lion hunters were.
Margot Raggett meeting with Niels Mogenson, Senior Programme Scientist, with a lion collar
Donation amount: £11,481
Remembering Wildlife met with KWT's Mara Predator Conservation Programme to discuss the issues facing lions in the Maasai Mara and surrounding areas.
Our donation will be used to collar three disbursing young male lions, to find out why so many disappear once kicked out of the pride, never to be seen again.
Donation amount: £7,654
African People & Wildlife partners with local communities to create effective, sustainable solutions that improve the lives of rural Africans while protecting the natural world.
Our donation will help to pay for a vehicle to strengthen lion-related conservation activities, after two of their vehicles recently broke down beyond repair.
Donation amount: £3,827
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With human/wildlife conflict the biggest threat of all to lions due to ever-expanding populations, our donation will be used to fund two mobile healthcare clinics in the area, with a focus on family planning and sexual reproductive health.
Anna Tolan with Margot Raggett in the school
Donation amount: £3,827
Chipembele is an inspirational wildlife school with a mission to teach Zambian children and communities the value of wildlife and their environment, so they may be conserved for present and future generations.
Remembering Wildlife visited the school in June and met co-founder Anna Tolan. The donation is going to be put towards the running of the centre. In honour of Remembering Lions, a special all-day session focused on lions will be developed and delivered to multiple children throughout 2020.