Tusk Conservation Lecture on the plight of lions, London

Money, Myths & Man-Eaters: Lion Conservation in Tanzania and Beyond

Join Tusk to hear the truth about lions on Thursday October 22nd, when Dr Amy Dickman – a finalist in the 2014 Tusk Conservation Awards – will provide a fascinating insight into how she has developed the Ruaha Carnivore Project in Tanzania. Amy will describe how this has grown into an effective community-based lion conservation initiative against a backdrop of poverty, tribal traditions and fears of witchcraft.

While the recent killing of Cecil the Lion by a US trophy hunter prompted international public outrage and drew attention to some of the issues affecting lions, the reporting on the incident struggled to capture the wide complexities involved in maintaining dangerous big cats like lions in an ever more human-dominated world. In the aftermath of Cecil’s death, Amy wrote:

‘Cecil’s death, although sad, has had a real silver lining by raising global awareness of the plight of lions and the need to support lion conservation efforts. People often think that lions are somehow ‘safe’ because of their visibility, but that is not the case at all. Due to a range of issues, the major ones being habitat loss and conflict with people, lions have disappeared from over 90% of their range, and their numbers have nearly halved in just 20 years. I think most people would be shocked to realise that by the most recent estimates, there are now fewer lions left in the wild than rhinos. However, the situation is not hopeless – conservation efforts like those supported by Tusk are making a real difference. In our study area around Ruaha, our work has helped reduce lion killings by 80% while simultaneously improving human livelihoods. If Cecil’s death motivates people to support effective conservation efforts on the ground, then it would be a wonderful memorial to him, and will help secure the long-term conservation of lions and other species.’

Hear more and support Amy’s work at our popular annual lecture and reception which has been generously sponsored for over 20 years by American Express. Tusk is also grateful to Painted Wolf Wines and Elephant Gin for their sponsorship of the reception. A number of Tusk’s retail partners will also be selling their products in support of Tusk at the event.


Thursday, 22 October 2015, 18:00

Doors open at 6:00pm - Lecture commences at 6:45pm - Reception 8-9pm


The Royal Geographic Society, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR


Lecture Only: £15.00 + Eventbrite Booking Fee of £1.48 (£16.48)

Lecture + Reception (Drinks & Canapés): £35:00 + Eventbrite Booking Fee of £2.58 (£37.58)

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