The Lion Ranger site (formerly Kunene Conservation Research) details ongoing research and human-lion conflict mediation, mitigation, and management efforts in the Kunene Region of northwest Namibia. This is also an online resource for anyone interested in learning about the Lion Ranger program and its operations, as well as other community-conservation initiatives in Northwest Namibia. The Lion Rangers bring together community, government, NGO, and research stakeholders for adaptive, sustainable management, with particular emphasis on human-lion conflict challenges.


John M. Heydinger

PhD, University of Minnesota
/Macquarie University

John is trained as a historian and conservation biologist, with extensive experience in Namibia and South Africa. His work focuses on integrating social and ecological factors for environmental conservation. In 2017 he co-founded the Lion Ranger program, a community-conservation effort working to mediate, mitigate, and manage human-lion conflict in northwest Namibia. His doctoral research applied historical and social science methods to the ongoing challenge of human-lion conflict on communal land in northwest Namibia. John is currently a Postdoctoral Associate at the University of Minnesota.


Jendery Tsaneb

Translator, Lead Field Assistant,
North West Lion Working Group

Jendery Tsaneb is  the primary translator and field assistant in Kunene. Jendery has worked on numerous field expeditions, as well as the Children in the Wilderness Program. Based out of Werledsend, Jendery has a deep knowledge of both livestock husbandry practices and the region’s fauna and flora. Fluent in Damara, Otjiherero, Afrikaans, and English, Jendery’s language-skills and local knowledge are indispensable to our ongoing human-carnivore conflict work in Kunene.