IMPORTANT changes to how you donate to Lion Guardians

From 30th March onwards, Wildlife Direct will no longer be accepting donations on behalf of the conservation groups that blog with them, like the Lion Guardians. But don’t worry! You will still be able to get all the latest news from the lions and their Guardians right here on the Lion Guardians Wildlife Direct blog, and you will also be able to support our work by donating too.

We will receive all donations made to Lion Guardians through Wildlife Direct up until the end of March BUT as of April 1st, when you click on DONATE, you will be taken to Panthera’s website, who also accept donations on behalf of the Lion Guardians (as well as many other big cat conservation groups). The brilliant news is that 100% of the donation you make to the Lion Guardians through Panthera will go straight to us!

For those of you who make monthly donations to the Lion Guardians, your subscriptions will be cancelled on 30th March and you will have to move these over to Panthera in order for us to continue to receive your support. We really need your continued support, so please please CLICK HERE, to start donating monthly to us through Panthera instead.


After April 1st when you click on DONATE you will be directed to Panthera’s donate page. You will be given the option of choosing which project to support in the Allocation drop down menu – please choose the LION GUARDIANS option. Then just fill in the details and pay with a credit card as before. You can choose to make a one-off donation towards the Lion Guardians, or a monthly, quarterly or yearly donation (choose this from the drop down menu).

The only difference is that you won’t be able to see your donation on the sidebar of the blog. However you will get a confirmation email from Panthera, and please be assured that we will be getting 100% of your donation from them.

You can either choose to sponsor a particular item from the list on the blog, and make a donation for that amount, or choose any amount to donate. All amounts are in US dollars. If you are making a donation from outside of the US, visit this currency converter site to work out the exact amount in dollars that you wish to donate.


If you are already sponsoring a Lion Guardian we will keep a record of this and when you move your monthly donation over to Panthera your Guardian sponsorship will continue. If you are a new donor and would like to sponsor a Lion Guardian, please just make a comment on the blog telling us which Guardian you would like to sponsor.

We would like say a huge thank you to all our blog readers and donors, and to Panthera for their fantastic support, and would also like to encourage all our blog readers to visit their website and have a look at all the cat programs and projects they work with around the world.

THANK YOU from all the Lion Guardians!


  • Pirjo says:

    Thank you for the info and don’t worry I’ll definitely continue submitting the monthly donations. You are doing an awesome job in saving the lions and I’m very grateful for all the work the guardians are doing.

    I’m also VERY happy to hear that Cites voted against the ivory sales!Long live the African elephant, lions and all other wonderful wildlife!

  • Scoot says:

    There is some discussion on the Baraza blog about organisations which are registered in the US to qualify for tax deductions. Is Panthera registered?

  • Thanks very much Pirjo! We are so grateful for your support – and yes, what fantastic news about CITES!

    Scoot – yes Panthera are registered in the US as a 501-(c)3 not for profit organisation so all donations will be tax exempt.

    Thank you everyone for your support!

  • Brenton H says:

    Thankyou for this information.

  • Rebecca says:

    Panthera are a fantastic organisation.
    My only concern with this change is that if we choose to donate specifically to lion guardians, can we be sure the money will go to you. Panthera has many other projects running as well (all worthy causes, but it would be good if Lion Guardians stayed grass roots).

  • Brenton H says:

    Good to see donations will still be in American dollars because British pounds make it so much more expensive to donate via the Australian dollar.

  • Anne C says:

    I’ll be continuing my monthly sponsorship for Koikai. I’ll switch over at the beginning of the month, but just wanted to confirm now.

    As always, I’m very proud to be associated with all of you!

  • Thank you for all your comments, and the wonderful news that you will continue to donate to the Lion Guardians through Panthera.

    If you choose Lion Guardians as your donation allocation with Panthera, 100% of your donation will be allocated to the Lion Guardians project. (It will be just the same as donating through Wildlife Direct, as they also collect funds for many different organisations, and allocate money to the different projects as the donor chooses.)

    Thank you all for your support!

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