Adopt a Lion

In just 20 years the population of African lions has fallen by 43% and as few as 20,000 remain in the wild today.

Adopt a lion today, and help David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) as we:

  • Fight, by equipping and training rangers and funding vital anti-poaching initiatives.
  • Protect key lion habitats by removing life threatening poaching snares and traps for bushmeat.
  • Engage at-risk communities who share their homes with wildlife and reduce human-wildlife conflict.

Supporting us by adopting a lion is a perfect gift for any animal lover. With your help, we can turn the tide on extinction for this iconic big cat.

What’s included?

  • A personalised animal adoption certificate, species fact sheet, animal bio sheet and photo.
  • Wildlife Matters magazine.
  • A beautiful lion sketch print by wildlife artist by David Shepherd CBE.
  • Optional unique hand knitted cuddly toy lion made by Little Ndaba a women’s community group in Zambia.

Adoption packs are only available to be posted within the UK. Alternatively you can opt to receive a digital adoption pack via sent email.

How your adoption could help lions

Just £3 per month (or £36 per year) could enable wildlife ranger training and welfare programmes that support patrols protecting lions in Uganda.

For only £5 per month (or £47 per year) rangers in Uganda could be provided with effective communications equipment to improve the efficiency of their patrols and response times to lion threats.

With £10 per month (or £60 per year) undercover investigations into the illegal trade of big cat parts and consumption in Asia.

Meet our Lion species ambassador, Tibu

adopt a lion

Tibu is a young male lion living in Uganda. He has recently left his family pride, as young males naturally do, to venture out and find a pride of their own. These young males often form bachelor groups who stick together whilst they search for a territory and a pride they can take over.

Tibu has formed a coalition with young male big cats Jacob and Taro and together they are on the search for territory and a pride.

Thanks to a recently fitted satellite collar, our ground-based conservation partners are able to track, protect and monitor Tibu and provide us with updates on his adventures.

Why your adoption is so important

David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation (DSWF) is supporting a programme to investigate and protect lion populations in two of Uganda’s key wildlife areas. This project aims to determine the size and range of Uganda’s lion population and evaluate the threats to them. A number of lions are being collared and assessed by vets as part of this work. We also fund anti-snare operations. DSWF has been funding conservation in Uganda since 1998 supporting the work of the Uganda Conservation Foundation.

We aim to dispatch postal orders within 7 working days of purchase. Postal orders are sent with Royal Mail standard 2nd class and may be affected by Royal Mail Strike action. Tracking is unavailable. International delivery is unavailable. Please order by 15th December for delivery in time for Christmas.