For Carnivores and People
Henry Vilas Zoo originally partnered with Ruaha Carnivore Project, which was established in 2009 as part of Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit with a focus on conserving large carnivores (lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, and African wild dogs) in Tanzania’s remote Ruaha landscape. In 2021, the Ruaha Carnivore Project merged with Lion Landscapes. The two organizations had a close history of working together and with their combined resources, they have extended their reach working in critical habitats to make a real difference in conserving lion populations in the wild.
Lion Landscapes focuses on efforts in a few areas such as mitigating human-wildlife conflict, education, and providing community benefits to local villages demonstrating success in living peacefully with large predators, such as scholarships, medical care, and/or access to veterinary services. By fortifying livestock areas with chain-link fencing they have reduced attacks on livestock by 60%, leading to a reduction of 80% in killings of large predators.