WHAT IS OUR GOAL?

The Lion Ranger program goal is the long-term sustainable management of human-lion conflict by communities in northwest Namibia to ensure continued desert-adapted lion survival and community benefit. The number one threat to desert-adapted lions is retaliation following human-lion conflict – the Lion Ranger program aims to remove this threat.

To be sustainable, wildlife conservation must be community-driven, transparent, and resilient to both ongoing and unforeseen challenges. The Lion Rangers believe that lions and rural residents can thrive alongside one another. Protecting Africa’s disappearing lions means ensuring that rural people struggling against poverty and development challenges are able to generate benefits from living with lions.

The Lion Ranger program unifies communal, governmental, and non-governmental stakeholders. The program is founded on the shared work of the Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism (MET), Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC), Desert Lion Conservation, Tourism Supporting Conservation (TOSCO), and the University of Minnesota Lion Center and incorporates staff from eleven communal conservancies. The Lion Rangers are conservancy-employed game guards who receive special training and equipment to lead efforts in combating conflict between humans and lions on communal land.  To view the Lion Ranger 2018 Annual Report, click here.

MEET TWO OF OUR RANGERS

MEET THE LION RANGERS

Phineas Kasaona

Sr. Lion Ranger,
Anabeb Conservancy

Ronald Karutjaiva

Lion Ranger,
Anabeb Conservancy

Uaperuako Virere

Lion Ranger
Anabeb Conservancy

Steven Kasaona

Lion Ranger, Sesfontein Conservancy

Langjohn Watokwia

Lion Ranger, Sesfontein Conservancy

Pienaar Kasupi

Lion Ranger, Sesfontein Conservancy

Jackson Wazungu

Lion Ranger, Sesfontein Conservancy

Berthus Tjipombo

Lion Ranger,
Puros Conservancy

Colin Kasupi

Lion Ranger,
Puros Conservancy

Kooti Karutjaiva

Lion Ranger,
Puros Conservancy

Rodney Tjiara

Field Operations, Desert Lion Conservation & TOSCO

Jendery Tsaneb

Field Assistant, University of Minnesota Lion Center

Cliff Tjikundi

Rapid Response Teams Coordinator, IRDNC

German Muzuma

Rapid Response Team
Leader, IRDNC

Linus Mbomboro

Rapid Response Team Leader, IRDNC; Lion Ranger, Anabeb Conservancy

Dr. Philip Stander

Researcher, Desert Lion Conservation; Lion Ranger Co-Founder

Russell Vinjevold

Natural Resource Monitor,
IRDNC; Lion Ranger
Co-Founder

Dr. John Heydinger

Researcher, University of Minnesota Lion Center; Lion Ranger Co-Founder

Mathilde Brassine

Program
Coordinator

FELIX VALLAT

TOSCO FOUNDER;
COORDINATOR

Chae Hong

Website
Administrator

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