What We're Doing
In partnership with the Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP), we are working to mitigate human-carnivore conflicts and develop effective, long-term conservation strategies for large carnivores in Tanzania.
Ruaha Carnivore Project studies and monitors large carnivores (lions, cheetahs, hyenas, leopards, and painted dogs) in and around Ruaha National Park and works to address human-carnivore conflicts, helping reduce the negative impacts of carnivore presence by providing important conservation-related benefits to local communities.
Addressing human-carnivore conflicts to help local communities and carnivores coexist
Making important conservation-related benefits available to local communities
- Livestock guarding dogs, community Lion Guardians and livestock corrals help local villages protect their livelihoods, and as a result attacks on livestock have decreased by 95% and lion killing in the area has decreased by more than 80%.
Studying carnivore distribution, abundance and ecology to inform conservation efforts
- Making Education, health care and other important community benefits available helps decrease the cost of living alongside carnivores. More than half of local people now say they see benefits from carnivores, up from only two percent prior to RCP programs in the region.
- Satellite collaring and camera trapping efforts engage local communities in carnivore monitoring and represent the first systematic data ever collected and published on large carnivore distribution, diversity and ecology in the important Ruaha landscape.
Make a Difference
- You can make a difference for lions and cheetahs by being a citizen scientist and helping identify wildlife in camera trap images from Ruaha National Park in Tanzania on Snapshot Ruaha.
- Learn more about how you can take action and make a difference for lions, cheetahs, and other wildlife.