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Please help save lions

Please help save lions. These incredible creatures have been wiped out from 94% of their historic range. They were once free to roam throughout Africa, Asia, and even parts of Europe. But now, other than one small subspecies surviving in a single Indian forest, all that remain are those dotted around sub-Saharan Africa.

With night vision six times stronger than a human’s, the ability to run the length of a football field in under six seconds, and a roar that can be heard from up to five miles away, the lion truly once was the king of the jungle.

But now they may soon be lost forever.

Trophy hunting has seen these beautiful beasts massacred by the thousands. Poachers target them for their bones, paws and other body parts, fetching vast sums on the illegal wildlife trade. Human-wildlife conflict is also a problem; ranchers often kill lions in retaliation for lost livestock, sometimes using pesticides as poison.

These powerful apex predators are utterly defenceless against the many dangers introduced by humans. Now, fewer than 20,000 are left.

A map comparing the current and historic distribution of lions.

The lion’s historic range has been significantly reduced and fragmented.

We must act now. Before it is too late.

FFI have been working tirelessly throughout Africa to protect some of the lions’ most important safe havens. We have been helping to safeguard these strongholds, and even secured 586,800 hectares of land to form the Chuilexi Conservancy in 2012 – a key area that is home to some of the most significant concentrations of biodiversity left in the world.

With your support, we can continue our crucial work in these areas, and help to curb dreadful snaring and illegal logging that is seeing lion populations plummet.

So please, donate now and help save lions.

How FFI is saving lions

FFI have been a long-standing partner of the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya – a true haven for lions, along with several other endangered species such as black rhinos and wild dogs. Thoughtful management has seen the lion population flourish over the past decade, and it now stands at over 70 individuals split between 6 different prides.

FFI provides technical expertise, including guidance on delivering community conservation initiatives and supporting the delivery of comprehensive programmes of work alongside local stakeholders that bring peace and sustainability to the wildlife in the region.

Male lion at night (walking)

In Mozambique, FFI have over 15 years of experience supporting work in the Niassa Reserve – a 4.2-million-hectare region of incredible wilderness harbouring 40% of Mozambique’s entire elephant population as well as providing refuge to lions and wild dogs. This area truly is one of the planet’s last remaining havens for biodiversity.

With so much experience working in the region, FFI have a clear perspective on what is required to safeguard and conserve this important area. In 2012, FFI took the strategic decision to secure a key area of the reserve spanning 586,800 hectares of habitats home to the most significant concentrations of wildlife, the Chuilexi Conservancy.


If you value the natural world – if you think it should be protected for its own sake as well as humanity’s – then please support Fauna & Flora International.
Sir David Attenborough OM FRS Vice-president and FFI member since 1959

Reasons to donate

A donation of at least £10
or whatever you can afford could help protect our rangers working in risky post-conflict countries.