This Giant Dog Saves Goats from Lions
By Claire Kaufman, Environmental and Sustainability Program Manager
Over the past 20 years, the lion population worldwide has dropped in half. Ruaha in southern Tanzania is one of the last remaining lion strongholds, with over 10% of the world’s wild lion population. However, lions regularly attack livestock in the villages around the national park. This leads warriors from these villages to kill lions to protect their community. Without action, this cycle will continue—lions will continue to die, bringing them closer to extinction, and villagers will continue to experience economic hardship.
Ruaha Carnivore Project (RCP) has come up with an alternative solution – dogs that protect livestock from lions and other carnivores. Working with the community, RCP has introduced Anatolian dogs to protect livestock and lower livestock and lion deaths.
One of these dogs, Hodari, is a four-year-old gentle-giant of a dog very loved by her owner and his family. However, Hodari needs our help. She loves keeping goats safe in her home in Tanzania and prefers to spend all her waking and sleeping hours with them. In order to keep her safe and healthy, she needs regular medical check-ups which are expensive in the remote village where she currently lives. Every week, Hodari’s family in rural Tanzania spends over $30 for her medical expenses to ensure she is safe from all diseases.
Since the inception of this project, livestock killings have fallen by 60% and lion killings by 80% over a five-year period. Warriors that used to hate and kill lions are learning to love and respect them. With your help, the project can continue, and more lion deaths will be averted. And with your help, Hodari will stay happy and healthy. It is truly a win-win.
You can help! Please donate today to Hodari’s medical expenses so she can continue to protect livestock from lions, and lions from human retaliation.
by Claire Kaufman, November 21, 2017