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Lion populations have collapsed from an estimated 75,800 in the 1980s to less than 32,000 today due to land fragmentation, conflict with people and loss of prey. Historically, the African lion (Panthera leo) was among the most widespread of land mammals, ranging from northern Europe through Asia and down to southern Africa. Today, lions are extinct in Europe and Asia, excepting a small remnant pride in the Gir Forest of India. To reverse this trend, African Conservation Centre US supports the Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation Initiative and Rebuilding the Pride in East Africa.
Kenya-Tanzania Borderland Conservation Initiative
The Kenya-Tanzania borderlands region supports some of the richest wildlife populations on earth through a network of national parks and reserves, as well as the pastoral lands that connect them. ACC US understands that conservation of the borderlands region is critical to the long-term viability of both elephant and lion metapopulations.
Rebuilding the Pride
Rebuilding the Pride, run by the South Rift Association of Landowners (SORALO), a Maasai landowner group, aims to increase lion and other carnivore numbers across the South Rift area of Kenya. The program, established in 2010, focuses on reducing human-wildlife conflict, preventing range fragmentation and maintaining healthy prey numbers.