We have received much interest from across Africa for the reintroduction of lions and have now reached agreement with the first lion range state to bring back lions to their country. We anticipate more governments will request similar agreements as we prove the staged program works and can allow for the reintroduction of suitable disease free lions.
Interest has come from private reserves to trans-frontier parks across the continent. As such we have every belief that wildlife managers across the continent are able to look into the future of the African lion and are making appropriate decisions to ensure the sustainability of populations within their areas.
It is accepted that prides released into areas of insufficient size to allow for long term genetically viable populations will need continuous management, as is already necessary for most of Africa’s wild lion populations.
Prior to release into stage four, each potential release environment will be evaluated to establish likely success and confirm elements such as the most appropriate form of release, likely home range establishment following release and the prey base within the release area.
We will also look at the proximity of the release are to local communities such that appropriate programs can be implemented to mitigate possible livestock / lion conflicts, establish education programs and garner support for the wild area in question through various community development projects agreed as priorities with the local community, including benefit sharing.
Post-release monitoring programs will be implemented to judge the performance of the release pride and any effects on the release environment and local communities.
Continue reading about the Release program in the Husbandry & Veterinary section.