WHO ARE WE?

The Lion Rangers bring together community, government, NGO, and research stakeholders for adaptive, sustainable management, with particular emphasis on human-lion conflict challenges. The Lion Ranger site details ongoing research and human-lion conflict mediation, mitigation, and management efforts in the Kunene Region of northwest Namibia. It 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.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

UAKENDISA MUZUMA

MEFT LARGE CARNIVORE COODINATOR; SENIOR ADVISOR

With a background in CBNRM and natural resource management, Muzuma has served as the Namibia Ministry of Environment, Forestry and Tourism Large Carnivore Coordinator for nearly a decade. In 2020 he joined the Lion Ranger program as a Senior Advisor and is helping steer the program as it upscales to more effectively implement lion population monitoring and human-lion conflict mitigation. From the Ehi-rovipuka Conservancy, Muzuma has extensive on the ground and management experience at the human-wildlife nexus in northwest Namibia.

JOHN HEYDINGER

Researcher; Co-Founder

A trained historian, geographer, and conservation biologist, John performs both community and lion focused research within communal lands in northwest Namibia. He is passionate about unifying locally-centered and evidence-based approaches for the conservation of lions, and committed to strengthening CBNRM.

MATHILDE BRASSINE

PROGRAM Administrator

Mathilde has worked in tourism and wildlife conservation across Namibia for more than ten years. An experienced guide, knowledgeable naturalist, and dynamic manager, she oversees program administration including ensuring Ranger activities, trainings, and equipment. Working with Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO), she connects with Rangers to ensure program implementation remains adaptive and durable.

FOUNDERS

RUSSELL VINJEVOLD

IRDNC RESOURCE monitor; co-Founder

Russell has worked in wildlife conservation in northwest Namibia for nearly forty years. With extensive anti-poaching and wildlife management experience, as well long-standing ties to local CBNRM, Russell is an innovator and leader across numerous programs unifying conservation and rural development.

PHILIP STANDER

researcher; co-founder

More than forty years lion monitoring and conservation experience in Etosha and northwest Namibia make ‘Flip’ the world’s premier expert in the desert-adapted lions. Having spent more time monitoring lions than any living person, his knowledge of their behavior and ecology are unparalleled. As founder of Desert Lion Conservation, Flip’s research and efforts have been central to securing the survival of the desert-adapted lions and his guidance ensures the program implements cutting-edge monitoring and conflict mitigation efforts.

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