As was previously announced, the Leo Foundation received funding from the WWF to assess the situation in Waza National Park, Cameroon. This park is situated in the extreme North of Cameroon, a region that suffered greatly from the presence of Boko Haram in the past years. As the security situation is improving, it is time to thoroughly analyse the situation of Waza National Park in its current state.
The assessment was done in close collaboration with the Centre d’Étude de l’Environnement et du Développement (CEDC), in Cameroon. During the study, we performed a number of ‘calling stations’. This is a method to attract lion and other large carnivores, which enables us to make an estimate regarding their population size. The response from the lions was impressive, indicating that the population may be bigger than we previously assumed. The size of the population is now estimated to be around 23 individuals. In addition, there were sighting of other wildlife, including prey species for lions. This gives us hope for Waza National Park and the unique savannah system that it is protecting.