Basecamp Foundation

Help us save Africa's Pride and protect the King of the Jungle

The African lion population is in serious decline, and the species has now reached ‘vulnerable’ status. The population of free ranging lions has dropped from 75,000 in 1980 to a maximum of 35,000 today.

This major threat has now become a reality as the United States Wildlife Service has now protected the lion under the Endangered Species Act.

Why Are Lion Populations Vulnerable?

It’s all to do with human conflict. As the big cats come into closer proximity with humans so livestock begins to decimate. Lions have therefore been subject to retaliatory or preventative killings.

Increasing human populations and associated need for land has led to fragmentation of lion populations. Over the last 500 years lions have lost more than 85% of their former range. 

Lastly, the prey base of lions is in decline which is causing a reduction in their population.


A conservation initiative in The Naboisho Conservancy, the area of the Mara which is tied for first place for the highest density of lions in Africa - with approximately 70 lions.

Protecting The Lions Of East Africa

East Africa holds over 50% of Africa’s remaining lions. The Maasai Mara is the most significant of these, but numbers are decreasing at a rate of over 100 per year.

Rapid growth in Maasai settlements around protected areas are thought to be the cause of reduction in the prey base, along with severe drought, increased poaching and intensification of grazing. As a result lions are more likely to come into contact with humans with fatal consequences.

The Naboisho Lion project is a conservation initiative in the Naboisho conservancy, the area of the Mara with the largest single pride of lions, numbering around 70.

The project aims to find balance between the number of Maasai settlements and their livestock herds and protection of lion populations.

The lion project has tracked and monitored lion movements and developed a better understanding of their unique population ecology. Armed with this information the conservancy has helped the Maasai communities, despite their growing population, to live in harmony with lions once again.

Lion Cubs Facts

When it is time to give birth, a lioness leaves her pride and has her lion cubs in dense cover. The cubs then remain hidden for one to two months before being introduced to the rest of the pride.

Male Vs. Female Lions

Lionesses stay within the pride all their lives but male lions either leave of their own accord or are driven off by the pride males at two to three years of age. 

How Lions Learn To Survive.

The responsibility for training cubs to hunt is that of the mother - however, male lions will protect cubs from danger. Cubs stay with their mothers for about two years.


Stay in touch with Basecamp Foundation to hear the latest updates about our lions!


Learn more about how The Naboisho Conservancy is positively impacting the environment.


Just $5 can make a difference and goes towards conserving the land so the lions can remain protected.

Come Visit.

By staying at one of the camps in The Naboisho Conservancy you can experience the beauty and power of lions in their natural habitat while helping to protect them through projects like the Naboisho Lion project.

Take the trip of a lifetime and help save vulnerable African lions.