Lion Guardians: Sustainable coexistence between people and lions in Africa
A film funded by the St Andrews Prize for the Environment
Just over 60years ago there were estimated to be more than half a million lions in Africa. Today, fewer than 30,000 remain.
The Lion Guardians program was created to help stop the rapid decline of lions. Lion Guardians is a unique approach that relies on and preserves the cultural traditions of pastoralist communities, while at the same time actively engaging young warriors in protecting lions rather than killing them. A core belief of the program is that conservation of threatened carnivores should be in the hands of the communities who bear the costs of living with wildlife.
The Lion Guardians monitor lion movements, warn pastoralists when lions are in the area, recover lost livestock, reinforce livestock corrals and intervene stop lion hunting parties. Collectively these efforts lead to a reduction in the loss of livestock, which in turn enhances the livelihoods of the local people and builds tolerance for lions and other wildlife.
This film shows how enrolment in the Lion Guardians program becomes a life changing experience for the warriors involved and how the program can benefit your community.