People living in and around ‘Lion Landscapes’ bear the cost of living with lions, both through livestock predation, and sometimes even conflict with humans. Lions are regularly killed in retaliation or to prevent such loss in the first place. More recently they have also been poached for their body parts (especially claws, teeth and bones) for use in alternative medicine, predominantly in the Far East.
Innovative programmes aimed at fostering co-existence through lion conflict mitigation work and models where the economic benefits of having lions on the landscape can be realized, will only become more important in the future.
As well as protecting some of the lions’ greatest strongholds and mitigating human-lion conflict, Tusk invests in initiatives working with local communities to catalyse innovation, utilise technology, change attitudes, and provide economic stability and empowerment.
The conservation projects we support provide not just protection for Africa’s wildlife, but contribute to the livelihoods, economic stability and improved wellbeing for hundreds of thousands of people too. Funds raised through the Tusk Lion Trail will also support the livelihoods of poor communities living alongside wildlife, mitigating the huge economic impact of Covid-19 on their jobs and security.