Wildlife Guardians

National, Nonprofit
PO Box 2378 , Alexandria, Virginia, 22301

How they are participating

Wildlife Guardians is the U.S. fiscal sponsor of Lion Guardians. Lion Guardians' mission is to promote sustainable co-existence between people and lions by using cultural values, community participation and science. By hiring young warriors from local Maasai and Barabaig communities in Kenya and Tanzania and training them to track and monitor lions, these young men -- who traditionally killed lions -- instead have become their biggest protectors. The Lion Guardians program is described as the "closest thing to a silver bullet" when it comes to protecting lions, which are in steep decline throughout their range. Over the past 7 years, the Lion Guardians work is allowing lion populations to rebound and at the same time building community support for lion conservation.