Why are Lions disappearing so fast?
Over the past 20 years, Lions have disappeared from 16 African nations.
This is mainly due to:
- A loss of habitat
- A decrease in food sources
- The issue of human-wildlife conflict
Why we do what we do?
Africa’s lion populations have decreased drastically. According to the IUCN, they have declined 43% in the last 20 years (1993 – 2004), with less than 20,000 remaining in the wild.
With our partner ALERT (African Lion Environmental Research Trust,) we are launching a pioneering staged wild release program.
Thanks to ALERT’s extensive research, our program is on its way to changing the face of conservation and developing a way to ensure the African Lion will always have a place on the planet.
Why we walk with lions?
Lion walks offer wildlife enthusiasts the opportunity to learn more about the African lion and to increase awareness about the dwindling number of these big cats remaining in Africa.
Our walking cubs act as ambassadors to wild lions. By offering these incredible and unique opportunities to interact with our cubs, we can promote our mission, and encourage others to become passionate about saving these incredible animals on a larger scale.
Our program replicates exactly how a cub would become accustomed to the bush in the wild. The purpose of our lion walks is to help the cubs become familiar with their surroundings and develop their natural instincts, such as hunting.
These cubs are still young enough to safely be in the presence of people.
As a self-funded project, our guests and volunteers provide much-needed income. Without this, we would not be able to carry out the work which happens on the ground; both for conservation and supporting our local communities.
Not only does this income also heavily contributes towards our impending lion release and conservation program; but also to the work happening beyond Antelope Park, such as the rehabilitation of Chizarira National Park.
* As of Spring 2019, we will be halting all lion walks in favour of focusing on our impending lion release.
Our World First Conservation Program
Imagine a world, where Lions were safe from extinction. This is where our staged program comes in.
– Rehabilitation: This is where our cubs born to captive-bred parents are hand raised and taken on human-led walks into their natural environment, in order for the cubs to develop their natural instincts. Volunteers participate in these walks on a regular basis.
– Release: Lions are released, as
– Reintroduction: When old enough, the cubs born in the release phase (free from human interference,) are translocated and reintroduced into appropriate natural parks and reserves, in order to prevent a further decline of lions in Africa.
How do volunteers help us?
Volunteers are key to ensuring the success of our work.
Through their financial contribution and manpower on the ground, they are pushing us ever closer to our ultimate goal.
Our projects come at a cost for 2 main reasons.
– To cover all board costs, including accommodation, meals and activities on the
– Ultimately the most important is simply so we can reinvest back into our conservation and community projects. The financial contribution that volunteers make with their placement fee is fundable to how we can fund the work that is happening on the ground, provides employment opportunities for local community members, and also to fund the work which is happening beyond Antelope Park.
Antelope Park is supporting and financing the rehabilitation of Chizarira national park in Zimbabwe. Through this rehabilitation, we aim to have our impending lion release, a solution we have implemented, alongside our partner ALERT (African Lion Environment Research Trust) to put a stop to the rapidly decreasing number of lions across Africa.