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Adopt a lion

Strong, powerful and incredibly vulnerable to conflict with people, loss of habitat and prey.

About 20,000 African lions remain in the wild today. Numbers have plummeted by over 40% in the last three generations. Three quarters of lion populations are in decline. They are listed as 'Vulnerable’ on the IUCN Redlist.

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YOUR ADOPTION REALLY HELPS

Animal adoptions like yours give a huge boost to our work. They not only help fund projects to work with local communities to monitor lion movement and reduce human-lion conflict but also fund our other vital work around the world.

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African lions are currently found in much of sub-Saharan Africa, with key populations in protected areas in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia. Lions are the most sociable of all big cats and live in groups called prides.

THREATS

75%OF LION POPULATIONSARE IN DECLINE

HUMAN CONFLICT

Lions living outside protected areas are more likely to prey on livestock and local farmers who need to protect their herds and their livelihoods are likely to retaliate.

ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

In recent years the trade in lion bone as a substitute for tiger bone in traditional Asian medicine has risen.

LOSS OF HABITAT

People are clearing land to make way for agriculture and the increasing human population.

40KGOF MEAT EATENIN A SINGLE MEAL

LOSS OF PREY

Destroying and fragmenting lion habitat has reduced their natural prey numbers.


HOW WE CAN HELP

For many years, we’ve been helping to establish and improve protected areas that are supporting lions in key places throughout Africa. We also work in a number of places to secure space for wildlife by working with local people in conservancies and helping them benefit from the wildlife around them.

We support the Mara Predator Conservation Programme, which monitors and protects lions in Kenya’s Maasai Mara landscape. Here, we’re helping study the lions’ movements and behaviour to better understand local populations. Learning more about the needs and behaviour of these magnificent cats, and the threats they face, will help us to protect them in the long term.

Your adoption and support will help us:

  • promote sustainable use of natural resources in the region
  • work with local communities to manage their livestock and reduce human-lion conflict
  • monitor lions in the Maasai Mara
  • fund our other essential work around the world

A lion's roar can be heard from as far as 5 miles away and prides often roar together to mark their territory.


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