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.


We are so excited to announce a new partnership with the Disney Conservation Fund and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to bring Snapshot Safari to zoos throughout the United States this summer! The Lion King premieres in the US and South Africa on July 19, and the Mobile Safari promotion will run July 8 to Aug. 10, World Lion Day. Disney will donate a portion of the proceeds to lion conservation, so buy your tickets and get ready to help lions! 

Interested in supporting evidence-based approaches to lion conservation? You can make a gift directly to the University of Minnesota Lion Center!

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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