Forever Wild Lion Conservation Initiative
The lion (Panthera leo) is synonymous with wild Africa, however few people realize that illegal killing, relentless habitat loss, and habitat fragmentation has left this species teetering on the brink of extinction. Nearly a century ago, there were as many as 200 000 lions living in the wild in Africa. Today, the most recent surveys estimate that there are fewer than 30 000 lions living in the wild in Africa today.
Lions have vanished from over 80 percent of their historic range and currently exist in 28 countries in Africa and one country in Asia (India). They are extinct in 26 countries. Only 7 countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are believed to each contain more than 1,000 lions.
Presently the main focus of the Wilderness Foundation’s Lion Conservation work is in support of a research project in the Greater Limpopo Lion Conservation Unit. This research project is aiming to provide the required information to improve lion conservation management in south-western Mozambique and provide the informational basis with which to secure a viable lion meta-population in the Greater Limpopo Lion Conservation Unit of South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.