Niassa Lion Project

2015 Successes:

  • 25 wildlife guardians trained
  • 55 children from 4 villages participated in 4-night long bush visits
  • 13 full secondary school scholarships supported

Our mission is to conserve lions and other large carnivores (leopards, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs) in the vast Niassa National Reserve in Mozambique. We work in collaboration with the Mozambican government, the Reserve Management Authority and local communities. Niassa is vital for global wildlife conservation efforts, particularly for lions and African wild dogs. Lions, in particular, are in crisis throughout Africa. There are fewer than 25,000 wild lions left in the world today and the need for locally-derived, grassroots solutions has never been more critical. Only five or six conservation areas in Africa support more than 1,000 lions each today. These are the recognized strongholds for lion populations and Niassa National Reserve, in Mozambique, is one of them. The Reserve now supports an increasing population of lions, currently estimated at 1000 lions. The Reserve is also home to more than 350 African wild dogs, which combined with the Selous Game Reserve population connected by the Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor is the second largest wild dog population remaining in the world today. There are only an estimated 8000 African wild dogs remaining in Africa today.

The Niassa Lion Project believes that conservation actions have to be culturally appropriate, locally derived and empowering for local communities if they are to be successful. NLP has a long term view and is deeply engaged with local residents, the management authority of the Niassa National Reserve, schools, tourism operators, and the bordering nation of Tanzania in its spectrum of conservation, scientific, and educational activities.

For more information, visit the Niassa Lion Project Website.

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