The success of ALERT’s conservation initiatives depends upon gaining the understanding and support of local communities who live alongside lions. We strongly believe that one of the most important tools for effective and long-term conservation is awareness raising. To achieve our goals as an organisation, we need to promote the importance of protecting Africa’s cultural heritage among community members, policy makers, conservation managers, researchers and business leaders. If everyone is willing to work together, we stand a much better chance of securing a future for vulnerable lion populations.
Appreciating the importance of raising awareness, Lion Encounter has been busy promoting ALERT’s work to the Livingstone community with a visit to Raphael’s High School for boys. After the lesson, the boys were asked to write an essay about what they had leaned. There was some excellent work which demonstrated a clear understanding of what ALERT is trying to achieve and why lion conservation is of vital importance. Six of the best essays were chosen and each writer was awarded a special visit to Lion Encounter. The highlight of the day was a lion walk for the children, who were thrilled to be able to meet the King of Beasts. A big thank you goes to Lion Encounter volunteer, Roger, who donated the lion walk for the children. Thank you for your generosity Roger.
Lion Encounter volunteer Roger, pictured with one of the boys from Raphael’s High School