The Safina Lion Conservation Fund is a Registered Charity in England and Wales (no: 1172709) and since the 24th April 2017 we have aimed to work towards our charitable objectives to the best of our ability. Please use the links below to find out more about the different aspects of the charity.
Why do wild lions need our help?
The wild lion population has been decreasing over the last few thousand years with the population falling at its most rapidly over the last three hundred years. Born in East Africa the lion spread out of the continent into Europe and Asia and even into North America. The modern lion as we know it today has lived in Africa for hundreds of thousands of years. As mankind's influence has shaped the planet over time their most iconic competitor has been persecuted with both North American and European lions driven to extinction, they are now only found in small isolated populations within their birth continent of Africa with a tiny population left in northern India, as the last lions in the middle east and further into India have been wiped out over the last two hundred years, the last remnant and reminder of how far this once mighty species had spread.
The very well protected Asiatic lion population has now reached saturation point in the Gir Forest after reaching near extinction last century with a total population of around 650 currently residing in the National Park. The African lion population continues to decrease in almost all populations outside South Africa. The estimated wild population in Africa now sits at around 23,000 with estimates of hundreds of thousands as close as last century. The state of Africa's wild lion population is incredibly concerning as multiple pressures around small population success such as inbreeding, resistance to disease are now becoming more prominent. Pressure with local communities is now one of their top threats as lions and people are pushed closer and closer together. Here at Safina we intend to do all that we can to work with other organisations working to halt this decline in wild lion populations and to make these areas where the last wild lions are found safer for the lions and for the people who coexist with them.
Trustees have now finished working on a Conservation and Education Strategy. We hope that this strategy will allow us to show all of you what aspects of lion conservation we have chosen to support, how we aim to show our support and why we think it is important to support conservation work in Africa. To read it please click on 'Our Aims & Objectives'.
Every year our trustees will publish an Annual Review. This will contain the same information as the Annual Report that we complete for the charity commission but will be presented in a more reader friendly manner. We intend to make the work of the charity as transparent as possible so that our supporters can have complete faith in its operation. For more information and to read our Annual Reviews please click on the PDF button below for the chosen year.