Lions once roamed freely across most parts of Africa. Having already disappeared from northern Africa, they are now found only in parts of southern and eastern Africa and in the southern part of the Sahara desert. With only 23,000-40,000 lions remaining in the wild, the African lion population is only a fraction of what it was in the early 1950s. Mozambique’s Niassa National Reserve is home to one of only five healthy lion populations left on the continent.
Niassa Lion Project’s strategy for helping lions in the wild is twofold: first, researchers track and vaccinate lions in order to help support population growth. Second, they work with locals through community outreach and education on how to safely live with lions.How the Zoo is helping lions in the wild:
- Staff travel to Mozambique to assist with a wildlife conservation event called “Lion Fun Days.” The event is held in a local village. Visit the blog!
- Visit Niassa Lion Project’s Amazon Wish List and donate needed items directly to the project to help lions in the wild.
- We replicate “Lion Fun Day” here at the Houston Zoo to connect children here in Houston to children in remote villages living in critical lion habitat in Mozambique.
- Our staff Create, produce and sell Niassa Lion Project (NLP) t-shirts.
- Provide funds for an environmental conservation and education center for the local villages in the Niassa Reserve.
- We assist with Private Foundation and Corporate proposals to support lion conservation efforts in Mozambique.
- Come out for Lion Fun Day every year at the Zoo.
- Host a “saving lions in the wild” birthday party. Use activities from Lion Fun Days in your birthday party and encourage your guests to bring gifts of donations for the Niassa Lion Project. The Houston Zoo will send all funds to NLP!
- Friend the Niassa Lion Project on Facebook to stay informed and share their success.
- Friend the Houston Zoo Wildlife Conservation Facebook Page for updates.
Lion Conservation Campaign
The African Lion Conservation Program is dedicated to saving animals in the wild. An animal that has been prominent for decades in media, movies, television and even zoos, is quietly disappearing across their historical range in Africa. What was at one time hundreds of thousands of lions spread across part of Africa may now be down to less than 35,000 individuals. Our goal is to raise awareness about the threats lions face in the wild and offer a simple yet impactful way to help. Thank you for visiting this page and we hope that you will consider supporting one of the important projects highlighted here.