ALERT

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. 

Our Destinations

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

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

Victoria Falls is the leading tourist destination of Zimbabwe/Africa where a majority of the animal research is done by the team and volunteers. 

Our Work

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

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Wildlife Research

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Wildlife Research Projects

Giraffe Research

Location: Victoria Falls

Elephant Research

Location: Chizarira National Park

Hyena Research

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!

ALERT Internships

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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.

Dambwa Pride

Ngamo Pride

Lion Stud Book

Latest Updates from ALERT

Lion Diseases

Lion Diseases

Endemic and epidemic diseases, viruses and parasites Impacting lion (Panthera leo) populations Introduction Diseases can be classified as endemic or epidemic dependant on their persistence in a population. Although lion populations can be affected by high mortality...

Lion Physiology

Lion Physiology

Physiology of the African Lion Body Size & Weight Lions are unusual amongst cats in displaying a striking sexual dimorphism due to the availability of a large number of females in grouped social structures allowing larger males to be able to monopolize breeding....

Lion Status Overview

Lion Status Overview

Species Status Overview Estimating African lion (Panthera leo) populations with any accuracy is difficult and involves many uncertainties. While the three main surveys to date all used different methods, it is widely accepted that lion populations in Africa are in...