|Type||Protected Area Management|
Emergency Funding for Lion Conservation
African Parks has rapidly expanded their portfolio over the last 3 years and now manages an area of 51,351 square miles, an area 16 times the size of Yellowstone National Park. African Parks has worked hard to increase their operational revenue from tourism. However, this year’s tourism revenue has ceased completely as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, African Parks is facing worrying budget deficits. The LRF provided African Parks with a grant to support the protection of lions across four protected areas – Liuwa Plains National Park in Zambia, Liwonde and Majete national parks in Malawi, and Akagera National Park in Rwanda. These funds will support rangers’ salaries in addition to efforts to monitor and protect lions.