Ethiopia is home not only to world heritage sites and breathtaking landscapes, it also has a unique flora and fauna. Zoo Leipzig has been committed to protecting the country's endangered predators for over 15 years. The establishment of a long-term conservation project initially requires foundational research, which Leipzig Zoo is carrying out in collaboration with the University of Oxford.



Our project

Project nameLarge Carnivore Survey of Ethiopia (LCSE)
Supported speciesLions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and African wild dogs
Core taskA survey of large predator populations

Project description:

In preparation for a new project to protect large carnivores, Zoo Leipzig, with the help of experts from the University of Oxford (Wildlife Conservation Research Unit), has been conducting a population survey throughout Ethiopia since 2016.

Zoo Leipzig aims to determine the numbers of lions, cheetahs, leopards, African wild dogs, spotted and striped hyenas using existing studies and collecting its own data, such as through tracking and camera traps. These numbers will help the zoo decide where to launch a new species conservation project. The data is also made available to all other institutions in the country.

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Impressions from the research project