THE NAMIBIAN LION TRUST
In order to ensure the long-term survival of the lion (Panthera leo), the Namibian Lion Trust (Reg#T298/2019) has developed three interdependent programmes to support the recovery, survival, and range-wide expansion of this Big Cat species, namely For Lions – For Life – For Our Future.
Research essentially gathers accurate data on the demography and ecology of the lion within Protected Areas and on farmland; the monitoring of individuals and groups or prides, indicate the driving forces which stimulate lion to move, also quantifying both the degree of human-lion conflict and the impact it has on people living adjacent to parks and reserves as well as in wilderness areas, including communal farmland. Knowledge of lion movement patterns and home ranges in relation to livestock herds and settlements together with livestock protection programmes, encourages tolerance and enables co-existence.
Despite the growing willingness to ‘live with wildlife’, communal farmers struggle to survive in the harsh environment of Namibia’s north-west. An increasing number of farmers, however, now combine traditional methods with modern, arid-adaptive livestock and rangeland management techniques. Dedicated to protecting the lion as well as mitigating farmer-lion conflict, the Lion Guards monitor the whereabouts of both collared and uncollared lion in order to establish movement patterns. Together with the data retrieved from the GPS-Satellite collars, the widely dispersed trail cameras and lion-sightings by community members, the Lion Guards are able to forewarn farmers, resulting in fewer losses to predation thereby contributing towards greater understanding and acceptance of conflict wildlife.
FOR OUR FUTURE
The Namibian Lion Trust is dedicated to empowering communal farming communities to better manage and protect their livestock, ultimately mitigating conflict and minimizing the retaliatory killing of predators. Through Conservation Education and holistic rangeland management programmes, otherwise subsistence farming practices may be augmented to uplift livelihoods, regaining economic stability.