In just 20 years, African lion populations have fallen by 43% and as few as 20,000 remain in the wild today. Now extinct in 24 of their former range states, we urgently need to address the threats facing this iconic species. David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) supports anti poaching-initiatives and funds research and monitoring surveys to make sure lions are given the best chance of survival.
Lions now only occupy 6% of their previous historic range, there is an urgent need to address the threats facing lions and their survival before it is too late. Climate change,habitat destruction, human-wildlife conflict, poaching and snares all pose serious threats to wild populations along with an increase in demand of lion bone to fuel the consumptive trade in Asia. These believes continue to stimulate demand and incentivise poaching, pushing lion populations closer to the edge of extinction.
DSWF supports lion research and park protection initiatives which act as a disincentive to poachers and give lions the greatest possible chance to thrive in their natural habitat. Through research and monitoring, our funding enables studies into the genetic distribution of lion populations, park carrying capacities and investigations into the major threats facing this iconic species. DSWF also support undercover investigations into the illegal trade of big cat parts and consumption in Asia.
Lions are one of the most vulnerable mammals on the planet and DSWF has been committed to addressing the threats faced by this iconic species since 1998 and we will continue to do so. Through our holistic approach to conservation we tackle wildlife crime, protect lions and engage with local communities to foster peaceful coexistance between humans and lions. Our work aims to reduce poaching, increase lion populations and ultimately put and end to the barbaric illegal wildlife trade of lions.