Christopher Smith wrote -
What We're Doing
Lion populations are disappearing faster than ever expected. Researchers and conservationists believe there are only around 30,000 lions left in the wild. These kings and queens of the wild face threats from all sides: the loss of their habitat, their prey's habitat and, often, deadly conflict with humans. Lion killing is a part of traditional cultural practices for some peoples, while others hunt lions as retaliation for killing livestock. And, as the human population continues to grow (the global total now topping 7 billion!), lions are running out of room. In other cases, where lions might be welcome, there is no habitat for the lion's prey. With nothing to eat, you can't expect to find any of these big cats roaming around.
That's where we come in. Our team of four students are dedicated to wildlife, conservation and supporting strategies that really work. In Tanzania, near Tarangire National Park, conservationists are finding ways to help people and lions coexist. Using our training in conservation science and our passion to find solutions, we plan to put our minds and bodies to the task of supporting such heroic endeavors.
What will we do in Africa?
Each of our projects will focus on our individual and collective areas of expertise and interest as well as meeting the needs of the African People and Wildlife Fund with whom we'll be volunteering. Projects will focus on environmental education for all ages, landscape mapping for lion habitat and human/wildlife conflict, and developing methods for local villagers to record the occurrences of critical wildlife around their villages.
We want to use our experience for good, but we're students on a student budget. Your support here will help get us there by helping cover the African People/Wildlife Fund's costs to host us. Your generous donations will cover in-country travel, living expenses, and support the student's projects outlined above.
Please check out the African People and Wildlife Fund to learn more about what they do in Tanzania. All photos to the left are copyright and used with permission from the African People and Wildlife Fund.
Asante sana! Thank you very much!