Lion guardians assist local villagers in the Matetsi Communal area in Zimbabwe to protect their livestock and crops against wildlife. Their skills include construction of predator-proof livestock holding facilities and mitigation methods to protect cattle and crops using non-lethal methods. The role of lion guardians is important to the Community. Livestock and crops represent food, income and the basis of barter. Parents rely on these resources to feed, clothe and pay school fees.
The problem is that ALERT does not have the funds to supply these lion guardians with the necessary tools for them to deter lion from livestock and elephants from crops. These crops and livestock are sources of food and income for the local people so they have to be protected so much so that some children have to drop out of school in order to protect the families crops and livestock, in order to the family to eat and retain a source of income.
The aim of this project is to supply the guardians with the equipment needed to- reduce daytime livestock attacks and crop raiding through the use of lion guardians. Which will encourage co-existence between humans and wildlife in the Matetsi Communal Area and to reduce the levels of poverty in the community due to livestock attacks and crop raiding by wildlife. Lion guardians will be able to protect the livestock and crops for many families which will also allow the children to go to school.
At present local people are losing valuable livestock and to wildlife such as lions and elephants. This causes anger against the Wildlife Authorities, and against wildlife which then results in retaliated killing of these animals. The long term impact will be a positive attitude towards wildlife and the Wildlife Authority by the local people. In addition these people will have a better standard of living by not losing valuable livestock and crops