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.
Zimbabwe’s schools, hospitals and clinics suffer from a lack of resources and personnel. As a result, they’re unable to deliver services to those in need. Vulnerable groups in particular, such as orphans, the elderly and the infirm are in dire need of assistance.
Antelope Park, together with our partners, provide assistance in these arenas to relieve the strain on limited resources and provide a brighter future for residents in our local communities.