ZWF Supports the Niassa Carnivore Project
The mission of the Niassa Carnivore Project is to conserve lions, African wild dogs and other large carnivores in the vast Niassa National Reserve (NNR) in Mozambique.
Niassa works in close collaboration with the Mozambican government, the Reserve Management Authority and local communities. Niassa is known for it’s wildlife conservation efforts with lions and African wild dogs. Lions are in crisis throughout Africa. There are approximately 35,000 wild lions left in the world today; approximately 1200 in the NNR. The Reserve is also home to more than 350 African wild dogs, which combined with the Selous Game Reserve population connected by the Selous-Niassa Wildlife Corridor is the second largest wild dog population remaining in the world today.
There are only an estimated 8000 African wild dogs remaining in Africa today.
It is critically important to protect these populations!
The biggest threat to these magnificent carnivores is human-wildlife conflict. When lion or dogs prey on livestock it invites retaliation from farmers in local communities. In the spirit of using these natural conflicts as an opportunity for education and change to protect these threatened species, Niassa’s focus is on “conflict transformation.” They incrementally transform the perception of local communities by providing advanced schooling, mentoring and scholarships to train young Mozambicans to become Conservation Biologists.
ZWF believes that creating educational and economic incentives to overcome human-carnivore conflict in local communities is the only way to instill the kind of value necessary to encourage conservation. Your donations will enable you to join the ZWF Conservation Team in Protecting Lions, Wild Dogs and other carnivores in Mozambique.