The National Geographic Big Cats Initiative (BCI) seeks to advance conservation efforts benefitting big cat populations, protecting and restoring them and their habitats via field-based, action-oriented, direct, and quantifiable strategic programs. The goal of this fund is to identify projects that will help halt the decline of African big cats in the wild. You can be part of this important work by applying for a grant.
Through a comprehensive analysis of big cat conservation in Africa, National Geographic has identified 20 lion priority areas where BCI is focusing its funding (Jacobson and Riggio, 2018). These priority areas encompass nearly 1.25 million square kilometers and are estimated to contain ~19,000 lions, or 83 percent of Africa’s known lion population.
Although priority will be given to projects focused on lions, projects on leopard and cheetah populations within these areas will also be considered. For cheetahs, grant proposals should follow the recommendations from formal regional strategies and national action plans.