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.