African Lion & Environmental Research Trust
If we act now we can ensure the survival of this iconic species
Welcome to ALERT
Lions are currently listed as “Vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. In West Africa, the species is now classified as “Critically Endangered”.
Just over one hundred years ago, there were once more than 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, there are only about 20,000 wild lions taking the plains of Africa. Lions are now extinct in 26 different African countries and 95 per cent of their historic range has disappeared.
Neither lions nor humans can survive in isolation; both are reliant on functional ecosystems. As such, we seek to engage in activities that conserve all of Africa’s wild species, as well as the ecosystems within which they live and on which we rely.
ALERT collaborates with communities and policymakers, with non-governmental organizations, researchers and business leaders, to implement locally conceived and relevant solutions that aim to create sustainable motivation in these stakeholder groups to conserve lions.
Chizarira National Park
ALERT is working to rehabilitate the national park and restore the landscape and wildlife to become one of the leading parks in Zimbabwe.
Antelope Park is a private game reserve set in the heart of Zimbabwe. This is where ALERT began and where a large portion of the research is done.
Victoria Falls is the leading tourist destination of Zimbabwe/Africa where a majority of the animal research is done by the team and volunteers.
The loss of lions has a negative effect on Africa’s fragile ecosystems. Lions play an important role in the food chain, helping to regulate numbers of the more dominant herbivore species, such as zebra and buffalo.
Lion Release Program
ALERT recognizes that programs directed towards protecting habitat for the remaining wild lions must continue to be the mainstay of conservation efforts and that new multi-disciplinary and collaborative approaches are necessary to achieve this.
ALERT is working directly with local communities to gain valuable knowledge on a variety of wildlife projects that will benefit everyone involved.
Wildlife Research Projects
Location: Victoria Falls
Location: Chizarira National Park
Location: Victoria Falls
Volunteering with ALERT
Are you looking to make a real difference for the wildlife of Africa for your generation as well as future generations?
ALERT offers many opportunities where you are able to work directly in the wildlife projects as well as the local communities in and around Africa.
Travel the world while having the adventure of a lifetime and making a difference with ALERT!
The ALERT Internship Program has been created to provide current students, graduates and skilled individuals with unrivalled opportunities to experience the complexities and challenges involved in working for a non-governmental organisation in Africa.
The Program has been designed to incorporate individuals from all walks of life. Whether you are a graduate looking to gain behind-the-scenes experience in conservation fieldwork; a teacher seeking an opportunity to use your skills to help under-privileged children or a vet nurse who wants a chance to work with some of Africa’s iconic wildlife, then ALERT can give you the chance to fulfil your dreams of working in Africa.
Meet our lion prides
Currently, we have two sets of prides that are in phase 2 of the lion release program. Click on the link to learn more about each of the prides and how they are progressing.
Lion Stud Book
Latest Updates from ALERT
African Lion Database Annual Project Report April 2020
About the ProjectIt is generally understood that our knowledge of the status and trends in African Lion (Panthera leo) numbers is quite poor, and the collective ability of governments and the wider conservation community to identify priorities or to assess the impacts...
What do lions eat?
Lions are carnivores, this means they like meat They eat many different kinds of animals, known as prey. Lions can eat a LOT! Male lions will eat an average of 7kgs of food a day and lionesses 4.5kgs. Both are capable of eating up to 15% of their body weight during...
Zambezi National Park: February 2020
Zambezi National Park Report on Wildlife Monitoring & Research January - February 2020 This report has been compiled by Miss Angela Ferguson (Conservation Research Manager - ALERT), Tafadzwa Shumba (Elephant Research Officer) and students on attachment with ALERT...