LiMF Supported Research Projects

LiMF supports research that furthers our understanding of lion management on small reserves in line with our vision and mission.

Check out our Research page for details on how to apply for LiMF funding and

our Support page for details on how to help us raise funds for LiMF supported research projects.

Existing and Past Projects

Retrospective study of lion translocations between small reserves

The dilemma of lions in small parks - consequences for management

Lion conservation of small reserves in South Africa: Metapopulation Management

Dr Susan Miller is leading a LiMF collective research project to explore historic translocations of African lion between small reserves in South Africa with a goal to develop best practice guidelines for future translocations within a meta-population framework. This project is funded by a generous donation from the Oak Foundation.

Orla McEvoy was a PhD student at Rhodes University, Grahamstown. Supervised by Drs. Dan Parker and Sam Ferreira, she has traveled around South Africa meeting with many LiMF members to improve our understanding of the consequences of keeping lions in smaller areas. An abstract outlining Orla’s project can be found here. LiMF is proud to have supported Orla on her journey. Orla published three publications from her PhD work. You can find them all on our Publications page.

Dr Susan Miller completed her DTech at Tshwane University of Technology with the assistance of LiMF members. Without their support she would not have had the data and samples she needed to complete her project. Susan assisted LiMF with their first publication and also published four research articles on growth rates and genetics of managed wild lion populations in South Africa. You can find them all on our Publications page.

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