Niassa Carnivore Project

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Niassa Carnivore Project

Our mission is to conserve lions and other large carnivores (leopards, spotted hyenas, and African wild dogs) in the vast Niassa National Reserve (16,000 ml2 ; 42,000 km2) in Mozambique. We work in collaboration with the Mozambican government, the Reserve Management Authority and local communities. Niassa is vital for global wildlife conservation efforts, particularly for lions and African wild dogs. Lions, in particular, are in crisis throughout Africa. There are fewer than 35,000 wild lions left in the world today and the need for locally-derived, grassroots solutions has never been more critical. Only five or six conservation areas in Africa support more than 1,000 lions each today. These are the recognized strongholds for lion populations and Niassa National Reserve (NNR), in Mozambique, is one of them. The NNR now supports an increasing population of lions, currently estimated at 1000-1200 lions (2012). We survey the lions in NNR every 3 years. 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.

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