How Zimbabwe’s badly implemented land reform affects wildlife

Sam Williams, Durham University Large carnivores are in decline all over the world. Threats like persecution and loss of both prey and habitat are key contributors. The planet’s top biodiversity hotspots have already lost around 90% of their primary (undisturbed) vegetation, driven by factors like growth of infrastructure, agriculture and the removal of natural resources. …

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Lions are better protected, but loopholes remain

Luke Hunter, University of KwaZulu-Natal Stronger measures to protect lions in Africa from commercial trade failed to pass at the recent meeting of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg. CITES is a treaty between 183 national governments, known as the Parties, to control international trade in live wildlife and their …

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How lions, leopards and livestock are affected by racism on Namibia’s farms

Niki Rust, University of Kent Predators such as lions and leopards are becoming more populous in Namibia due to the success of recent conservation measures. But these wild animals are causing increasing problems on livestock farms, as some of them prefer to eat beef steak for dinner rather than gamey venison. This, unsurprisingly, annoys ranchers, …

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Poisoned Maasai lions reveal wider issue at heart of conservation

Lydia Tiller, University of Kent The main drivers of species extinction are habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict, but it still takes a lot for these events to hit international headlines. They did recently, however, when the world famous Marsh Pride lions were allegedly poisoned by Maasai tribesmen. These lions were the stars of the BBC’s …

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Why moving South African lions to Rwanda is not without problems

Laura Bertola, Leiden University Recently seven lions made a 4,000 kilometer long journey from South Africa to Rwanda. They have been translocated to Akagera National Park, as the foundation of a new population. Lions have been extinct in Rwanda since 1994, a fate of many populations in recent decades. Local extinctions affect ecosystems and can …

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