Luangwa Leopard
Image credit: Chase Dart

Saving Africa’s Wild Dogs and Big Cats

2019 - 2021
Species protected
African Wild Dog Lycaon pictus
Cheetah Acinonyx jubatus
Lion Panthera leo

Project objectives

The project team expects three main results from this work that correspond to three broad categories of activities, specifically:

  • A 30% increase in snare recoveries, snaring arrests, and rifle-poaching arrests from 65 community-supported scouts, covering at least 10,000km a year using foot and dog patrols;
  • Big cat and wild dog habitat and population impacts from snaring by-catch, direct persecution, conflict, prey depletion, human encroachment, and poorly managed trophy hunting of carnivores and herbivores addressed through intensive monitoring and coordination with field-based vets and patrols, the formation of three poison response teams, two human-carnivore conflict mitigation teams, and by providing science-based recommendations to government on carnivore population trends, distribution, land-use change and trophy hunting impacts;
  • A strong community capacity and support to lead conservation efforts now and into the future.



Habitat loss & degradation

Human-wildlife conflict


This project is implemented by Zambian Carnivore Programme.

This project is part of the IUCN Save Our Species African Wildlife initiative, which is co-funded by the European Union.