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Paola Bouley

Paola Bouley

Lion Researcher

 

I was born and grew up in South Africa and am an ecologist and conservationist committed to science-based restoration and endangered species recovery.

 

At the early age of 10 I dreamed of dedicating myself to wild cat conservation. Of course back then I never imagined I'd see the day when the African lion would be sliding towards extinction.  Working towards the protection and recovery of lions is a call of duty and a passion for me.
 
 
In May of 2012 I founded Projecto Leões da Gorongosa and currently serve as its Senior Researcher.  I oversee all monitoring, capacity-building and strategic conservation efforts focused on lions in partnership with GNP's scientific, conservation and senior management teams.  The work I undertake on behalf of lions is also strongly supported by Gorongosa National Park, Dr. Rob Pringle of Princeton University, USAID Mozambique, National Geographic's Big Cat Initiative, and the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
 
 
The decade ahead will be pivotal for the future of lions – whether we save them or whether we lose them in the wild forever will depend on what we can collectively achieve.   And Gorongosa – and Mozambique overall - will for sure play a role and be part of this story. 
 
 
Gorongosa – its beauty, its resilience, its lions, and its people - inspires me with tremendous hope.  This Park is a living, breathing example of what great things can be achieved when people join forces for the benefit and well-being of future generations of wildlife and people.  It's a privilege to be part of such a historic conservation effort. 
 
 
I am currently pursuing my doctorate focused on Gorongosa's lions with Dr. Chris Wilmers at University of California, Santa Cruz.  I hold an M.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology from the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies & San Francisco State University (2005) and a B.S. with honors in Biology from University of California at Santa Cruz (2001).