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Lion Extension Officers

Lion Extension Officers, or LEOs, are community members who are trained to provide an interface between current scientific best practices and indigenous knowledge on subjects impacting carnivore conservation e.g. predator-proof livestock husbandry and rangeland regeneration. LEOs live in their community and spend 100% of their time visiting community homesteads, attending community meetings, listening to the problems their community experience and sharing their training and cumulative knowledge to help protect local livelihoods and large carnivores. LEOs are also trained to collect detailed monitoring data, which feeds into our central database and informs our conservation programs and wildlife management.

LEO meeting with Chairman CCT+ Mututwa K
Lion extension officer traininh data col
Lion exptension officer depredation repo

All LEOs are hired directly from the local communities which they serve, providing an important source of wildlife-related income to LEOs and their families, while also reducing the risks of wildlife presence for households they work with.

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