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Hollywood star commits to protect lions in Africa

HOME IS WHERE THE LION IS: Return of the lion population

AFTER BEING part of the largest elephant translocation project in history, Liwonde National Park in Malawi is now to see the return of lions thanks to funding through Leonardo DiCaprio’s charity foundation.

Lions are receiving critically needed support, thanks to Leonardo DiCaprio and the Lion Recovery Fund. The fund was created by Wildlife Conservation Network and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation to protect lions and their ecosystems across Africa.

Over the last century, lion populations have seen a rapid decline from 200,000 to just over 20,000. With the support from the Lion Recovery Fund, African Parks will be reintroducing lions to Liwonde National Park in Malawi, strengthening the ecosystem as well as supporting Malawi's growing tourism economy.

"Lions are a keystone species and play a critical role in African ecosystems. Recovering them means the protection and restoration of Africa's extraordinary biodiversity that drives a $34 billion tourism economy," said Justin Winters, Executive Director of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. African Parks have been managing Liwonde since 2015 and have improved wildlife numbers, managed surplus species and has recovered populations of essential carnivore prey. After reintroducing 4 cheetah to Liwonde earlier this year, the cats are thriving in their new home - paving the way for further predator restoration in the park. Find out more here.

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