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The Society’s Big Cats Initiative seeks to halt declines in the lion population by the year 2015 and to restore lion populations to sustainable levels. Since the 1940s when lions numbered an estimated 450,000, that number today hovers around 20,000. The Initiative’s first goal is to halt the decline of the lion. The Society will be collecting all available data on lion populations, demographics, and habitat and then will fund a variety of conservation projects across the lions’ range. Priority will be given to innovative projects with quick results for saving lions; anti-poaching programs; projects that test new technology; educational projects focused on community; and projects that establish economic incentives for local people to ensure long-term survival of lions. The Society will collaborate with local and international non-governmental organizations, corporations, local community groups, and individuals to work with saving lions and ensuring the future of this multi-year initiative. Additional information including a pre-application can be found on the Web site.

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