Increasing connectivity by reducing conflict
Across Africa, lions are disappearing fast. Lion numbers have declined by 50% in the last 25 years. Holding one-third of the world’s lions, Tanzania is important for their long-term survival.
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a critical space, being a key ‘hub’ for the dispersal and connectivity of the Northern Tanzania and Southern Kenya’s Maasailand lion meta-population.
But cultural and conflict killings over the years have posed the biggest threat to lions in NCA, leading to a loss of rangeland and connectivity, isolating the famous crater lions from the wider Serengeti population and threatening their genetic health.