At the Safina Lion Conservation Fund we aim to educate the public about the plight of the lions in the wild by working with zoos to hold educational events and talks and through information on our website. We also work to raise funds for lion conservation efforts working hard to protect these iconic animals in the wild. It is a little-known fact that the lion was once one of the most widespread large land mammals on the planet and their persecution now means that their overall wild population is now estimated at less than 30,000. The first project that we have been able to support is an organisation called ‘Lion Guardians’. They work by recruiting illiterate pastoralist warriors and training them to read, write, work GPS equipment and learn how to monitor and protect lions in the wild. Each Lion Guardian is given a zone to protect and are responsible for the lions within it. These Guardians are extremely valuable people as not only are they from the community themselves, they have grown up with the problems faced by confrontation with lions and many have killed lions in the past. Now by working for and with lions, they are perfectly qualified to sympathise with their community and to know the struggles that they are facing. We work with them by sponsoring a year’s salary for one of these Guardians. Our first Lion Guardian was Longoi Ole Parsitau, he was based outside the Amboseli National Park in Kenya and monitored an area called ‘Risa’. Sadly, Longoi retired this year but our sponsorship will now move on to his brother Kuya Kipampa who has started to monitor the same area. Once trained Lion Guardians are a formidable yet familiar face for the local community who try to mitigate conflicts and solve problems for the lions and the people.
We are so thankful to everyone at Wild Arena and to everyone who has taken part in a big cat workshop this year as you have already contributed nearly £500 to our cause! Thanks to your help we are able to provide another year’s sponsorship for Lion Guardians.
Safina Lion Conservation Fund
Registered Charity no: 1172709