Lions are an integral part of Africa’s savanna ecosystems.

As top predators, they have disproportionate impacts on all the larger mammalian species, and they are also sensitive to any perturbations in the lower trophic levels. Thus they are both a “keystone species” and a sentinel of ecosystem health.

By 2035, half of Africa’s remaining lions may be gone.

Without policy changes and a fresh approach to conservation, the outlook is dark.

But there is a way forward.

We are learning from the success stories as well as the failures. Help us advance new evidence-based approaches to lion conservation that balance the needs of wildlife and human communities.


Dr. Packer featured on National Geographic‘s Understanding the Lives of Lions.

Lion Center researcher featured in National Geographic’s Big Cat Challenge

Dr. Natalia Borrego on why she thinks lions are the smartest of all the cats.

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