Project information

Conservation of Wild African Lions

At a landmark conference, held by LionAid in March 2012 to consider the conservation needs of African lions, 7 African lion range States resolved to develop continental National Lion Action Plans and LionAid was tasked with the coordination and development of these Plans.

April 2012 - December 2014

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  • Need


    Wild African Lions have declined from 200,000+ in the 1960’s to around 15,000 now, a 90% decline. These declines need to be halted urgently if lions are not to become extinct in the next 20 yrs. In 2005 /2006, the IUCN held 2 meetings to decide the conservation priorities of West/Central and East/Southern African lions. They concluded that National Lion Action Plans must be completed and implemented urgently. To date, few States have even started these plans and even less have completed them.


    Development of National Lion Action Plans is the single most important step to ensure future survival of this species. LionAid was charged with implementation of all such Plans. We therefore need to work with African lion range States to assist in development of their conservation programmes. We will seek to encourage range states to benefit from existing conservation templates, encourage committed research, and support conservation cooperation among neighbouring States.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To work with the African lion range states to help in the production of National Lion Action Plans


    » Consult with lion range States to gather info and discuss the broad outline of their proposed Plans, taking into account country specific requirements
    » Devise Project timelines so that the completion of the Plans can be monitored to ensure progress and effectiveness.
    » Identify specific field projects that will need to be implemented and financed as a complement to the country overall Plan.
    » Seek financing for each country to supplement scant internal resources and manpower required to realise their National Lion Action Plans.

    Success will be the completion of National Lion Action Plans per country endorsed by each National Government and which fits within continental conservation priorities.

  • Impact


    The Project will reverse the catastrophic declines in African lion populations with dedicated implementation of all National Lion Conservation Plans.
    We will monitor the success by the publication of the newly produced National Lion Action Plans, by measuring the resulting pan-African awareness and cooperation on lion conservation strategy, by progress reports to be delivered at regional conferences, and by initiation of actual ground counts.


    A risk that lion range States may not want/don't have the resources to complete a Plan. The 1st part of this statement is a notional risk as this Project was created at their behest. The 2nd part, we will work alongside each country to supplement the manpower/ expertise required and will seek international funding on their behalf. It is incumbent on all of us who value biodiversity and the preservation of species to provide funding to prevent the iconic lion from sliding into extinction.


    Donors to this Project will receive a quarterly email report, detailing ongoing and forthcoming activities and any necessary changes that have been made to the Project plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £200,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Travel Costs Travel, subsistence and accommodation
      £80,000 Overheads Salaries, overheads,administration, fees
      £70,000 Conferences Conference and reporting costs
  • Background


    The project does not have a single location as it the creation of conservation Plans across several African lion range States.


    The clear beneficiaries are the remaining wild lions and the proper functioning of the eco system which depends on its apex predators to keep it in balance. Plus,the lions are a crucial asset to the range States who are fortunate enough to still have them. Lions are the key to successful photographic tourism which can bring in substantial revenues to local communities and governments by providing the high employment and profitability that can go hand in hand with international tourism.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We organised a landmark, very successful conference entitled “The conservation needs and status of African lions” in Johannesburg in March 2012, funded by the UK Government.
    7 African lion range states attended to discuss how best to conserve remaining lion populations effectively in the future. From these discussions, the delegates produced 15 Action Plans giving the responsibility to LionAid to deliver the conservation outcomes. See for details.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Dr. Pieter Kat

    Trustee + fulltime Director.He co designed + developed this Project. An evolutionary biologist & geneticist who studied lions for 10 yrs in Botswana.

    Ms Christine Macsween

    Trustee and fulltime Director. She co designed + developed this Project. A Chartered Mgt. Accountant with extensive international business experience.