We produce updates on our work each month, and links to the latest ones, as well as our Annual Reports, are provided below.


A message from Project Director Dr Amy Dickman The coronavirus pandemic is creating havoc around the world and, as everywhere, we have been feeling its impacts at the Ruaha Carnivore Project. The pandemic will exacerbate pressure on wildlife globally – Tanzania has experienced a huge drop in incoming tourists and this will affect the benefits that communities receive from wildlife presence. The team is working hard to safeguard local people and wildlife, and we will continue to do so to…

Empowers Africa event

We were thrilled to have our Director Amy Dickman honoured at the recent Empowers Africa event in New York. This event was held just before International Women’s Day in order to celebrate leading changemakers in African conservation. Amy was celebrated for her work, alongside Elizabeth Babalola from the African Leadership University and Angel Namshali from Asilia’s Dunia Camp in the Serengeti. The event involved a short film on each of the honorees, a panel discussion amongst them, and then socialising…

Pathways conference – ‘Open the Door to Diverse Voices’

This year, Pride Lion Conservation Alliance was honoured to co-host the Pathways Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conference with Colorado State University, and our Director Amy Dickman was there to help organise it. The Conference was held in Limuru, Kenya, and the theme was ‘Open the Door to Diverse Voices’. It was a very different kind of conference, with particular emphasis on mindfulness, inclusion, and ensuring diversity in conservation discussions. The conference programme included yoga, meditation and dance alongside the traditional…

Training female conservation leaders in Africa

As one of the founders of Pride Lion Conservation Alliance, our Director Amy Dickman recently spent 3 days in Kenya helping to train female conservation leaders in Kenya. This was a truly inspirational training – there were over 500 applicants for just 30 spots, and the women who were selected were amazing conservationists from 17 different African countries. There is a real lack of female representation at the higher levels of conservation, and we are confident that this training will…

Woman of Impact

Dr Amy Dickman has been chosen as one of National Geographic’s ‘Women of Impact’. Her work with the local communities in Tanzania’s Ruaha landscape has led to significant benefits not only for lion conservation but also for local development and empowerment. Amy says “I am honoured and thrilled to be chosen as one of National Geographic’s Women of Impact. However, this should not be just about me – everything we have achieved required huge dedication from the team in Tanzania,…

Hoboken Lecture December 2019

Project director Amy Dickman was invited to speak at the prestigious 9th Hoboken Lecture in Rotterdam. These lectures were launched in 2011, by the Natural History Museum Rotterdam (Natuurhistorisch Museum Rotterdam), the British Council and the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences. Each year, an outstanding British scientist is invited to address a wide audience, including students, academics, entrepreneurs and professionals. The Hoboken Lectures demonstrate the role scientific research and cultural activities play in understanding modern society and reposition the…

Pathways Africa 2020

WildCRU members, Amy Dickman and Alayne Cotterill, are two of six founding members of The Pride Lion Conservation Alliance – an alliance of carnivore conservation organisation leaders developed to demonstrate an innovative, non-competitive conservation model. Based on the success of this model for improving the impact and resilience of their own work, Pride are hosting a conference to showcase this way of working to a wider audience. The theme for the conference is “Open the Door to Diverse Voices” and…

Launch of ‘Be The Pride’ Campaign

Ruaha Carnivore Project is proud to partner with WildAid who are currently running a campaign in Tanzania ‘Be the Pride’ to raise awareness about the massive reduction in lion populations across Africa. As part of this campaign they filmed “Conservation Unsung Heroes”, they are the ordinary men and women working day (and sometimes night) in wildlife conservation, doing their bit to protect Tanzania’s lions and their environment. WildAid’s series highlighting Conservation’s Unsung Heroes pays tribute to the often overlooked, rarely…

Inspiring Short Film

February is National Geographic UK’s Big Cat Month, which is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the work of the Big Cats Initiative and the projects they support on the ground. WildCRU’s RCP has received long-term support from National Geographic and the Big Cats Initiative, producing positive impacts for both people and big cats around Ruaha, as shown in this short film. RCP’s Director, Dr Amy Dickman, has been helping to raise awareness of the Big Cats Initiative – to find…

Meet Six Gare

Meet Six Gare from Ruaha Tanzania and learn how Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) is demonstrating that coexistence is possible for humans and lions. For Six Gare to talk so openly and positively about RCP is a real triumph for their program and proof that getting villagers to understand the benefits of wildlife is worth it. He participates in RCP’s Community Camera Trapping initiative where communities receive payments for the frequency of lion sightings. He receives medicine through this program and…

Launch of ‘Be The Pride’ Campaign

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The Daily Telegraph: Who would poison a pride of lions? Read more

Lindsey et al 2018: More than $1billion needed to manage Africa’s PAs with lions.

Ruaha Carnivore Project features in Italian media (see attached).

RCP collars first lions in Ruaha National Park

LISTEN!! to the kids from Makifu Primary School sing their appreciation for materials that will provide electricity for their school. RCP’s Kids4Cats school twinning programme offers a window into their world and a way to make their schooling lives better.

The Ruaha Carnivore Project seen through the eyes of Sue Watt, an award-winning writer who specialises in African travel and conservation. She writes for several national newspapers and magazines in the UK and for websites including Rough Guides and Lonely Planet. Saving Lions

Thank you to our good friends, Asilia Africa, for making it easy to donate to the Ruaha Carnivore Project – just follow this link and please share it with friends.
Asilia Africa, Changing Attitudes on the Frontline

Dr Amy Dickman interviewed at the Jackson Hole Film Festival. Jackson Hole screens the very best wildlife, environmental and nature doccies and awards accolades in various categories.

What It Takes to Save Lions

"Lions are not the problem. The fact is that we have to make it worth their while for people to live alongside them."—Dr. Amy Dickman, Ruaha Carnivore Project & Lion Recovery Fund grantee

Gepostet von Lion Recovery Fund am Dienstag, 3. Oktober 2017

Dr Amy Dickman – Interview with Lion Recovery Fund

WildCRU’s Ruaha Carnivore Project has come a long way since its inception in 2009, when we had a team of 3 in tiny tents, and had no trust with the local community, who were killing lions very frequently. Since then, we have developed multiple programmes to reduce conflict by reducing livestock losses, providing real benefits to local people through wildlife, and conducting extensive outreach and education. We have also produced the first scientific studies of Ruaha’s carnivores to inform conservation planning. We now have very good community relations, have seen a large drop in carnivore killings, and are looking to expand our work further in Ruaha and beyond over the next 5 years. None of this would have been possible without all our supporters and friends, so we thank you all very much!

Thanks also to Jack Randall from Made in the Wild who has produced a short overview of what we had accomplished as of the end of 2016. This will be followed shortly by our 2016 Annual Report – but please enjoy this in the meantime, and thanks again to you all!

Dr Amy Dickman talking about the Ruaha Carnivore Project at the Cleveland Metropark Zoo

World Lion Day – From community camera trapping to educational programs, scholarships, health care, and veterinary support, Ruaha Carnivore Project has found a way to serve as a dynamic partner to local communities as well as a champion for lions and other large carnivores. Learn more.

Ruaha Carnivore Project wins a University of Oxford Vice-Chancellor’s Public Engagement with Research Award.

RCP receives the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Public Engagement in Research.

The Ruaha Carnivore Project has a Facebook page ( and a Twitter page (@ruahacarnivores) which we update regularly. Please sign up to updates using the website or email us on

The Ruaha Carnivore Project has been fortunate to receive coverage in a variety of different media outlets, and some of these are shown below. If you would be interested in writing an article or featuring the project in some way through the media, then please get in touch on

3 minute video of our Tusk Award nomination:

Telegraph article:

Video of Amy explaining how a lion slept on her tent during her very first night in Ruaha:

Amy gives the Tusk American Express Conservation Lecture at the Royal Geographical Society:

Mongabay interview:

Oxford Thinking campaign:

Article about human-wildlife conflict in Ruaha in the Conversation:

National Geographic case study of the project: