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

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…

Darem the Lion Defender

RCP has developed a storybook about a boy called Darem from the Barabaig tribe, showing how he works with the project to help protect lions and other carnivores, thereby empowering his local community. With text in both English and Swahili, this story is for children everywhere.  The book will be distributed freely to schools and families around Ruaha and beyond, raising awareness of RCP’s work to conserve carnivores in partnership with local communities.  It will be of particular significance to…

Amy Dickman speaks at the UN

Project Director Amy Dickman spoke at the UN in favour of lion conservation. View the video here. Amy cited a paper in which it has been estimated that $1bn per annum was needed to support the protected areas where lions still exist (read the full paper). Amy’s stellar presentation urged companies to exercise their cultural conscience through donations to the Lion’s Share fund. This innovative approach asks companies which use animals as part of their media campaigns to pay back…

Tusk Lecture – Lions, Leadership and Local Communities

In September at the Royal Geographical Society in London, Dr Alayne Cotterill and Dr Amy Dickman from Pride Lion Conservation Alliance delivered the 2019 Tusk Conservation Lecture. They spoke of how their innovative conservation alliance is strengthening communities, empowering women, and helping secure Africa’s wild lion populations. Visit

Launch of ‘Be The Pride’ Campaign

Stephano –

Mandela and Julius –

Neria –

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.
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: