As recently as the 1950’s, over 400 000 lions roamed the African continent. Today, experts estimate their populations to be below 20 000. This represents a loss of 80 – 90% of Africa’s lion populations in just three lion generations.
In response to the drastic decline of lion populations, ALERT (the African Lion & Environmental Research Trust) was founded at Antelope Park in 2005. Together, ALERT and Antelope Park support the multi-stage African Lion Rehabilitation and Release into the Wild Programme, which seeks to augment the decline of the African lion populations through the release of the offspring of captive-bred lions into the wild.