Securing the Future of Lions in the Savannah Landscapes of Africa through Science-based Conservation

Organization Lion Recovery Fund
Project Type Nature Conservation

There are five main project categories: Energy Transition focuses on renewable energy access and energy efficiency. Nature Conservation includes wildlife habitat protection and ecosystem restoration, as well as indigenous land rights. Regenerative Agriculture supports farmers, ranchers and community agriculture. Climate Change covers global science efforts, climate adaptation, and social justice work.

Status Open

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Funding Level $$$$

$$$$ indicates a project between $250,000-$1 million.

In the past 25 years, nearly half of the world’s population of lions has been lost. One century ago there may have been as many as 200,000 lions; today there are likely around 20,000. They have vanished from over 90% of their historical range and now persist in just 26 countries in Africa. There are only six populations of lions of over 1000 individuals; over half of remaining populations contain fewer than 100 individuals, making them highly vulnerable to local extirpation. The Lion Recovery Fund has been designed to help tackle this quiet but violent crisis.

The Lion Recovery Fund offers a science-based approach to identifying the most important sites for investment, and, thorough due diligence, allows for the identification of the best ideas for securing lions and Savannah landscapes. Consequently, the LRF provides a means for the philanthropic community to support the best, most effective projects aimed at addressing this crisis. Our zero-overhead model means that 100% of the funds go directly to the field. 

As Africa’s human population continues to grow, finding ways to align conservation with rural development and human welfare becomes ever more important. LRF investments work hard to recognize communities as custodians over nature and a significant proportion of our grants involving supporting communities to help protect the lands occurring around and in between protected areas. The coming decade is critical, and we are at a crossroads. Business as usual simply will not cut it. An urgent and large scale effort is needed now to help save Africa’s lions and the savannah landscapes on which they depend – and that is where the Lion Recovery Fund comes in to help. See our investment sites here.

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