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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Counting cheetahs: a new approach yields results in the Maasai Mara

Femke Broekhuis, University of Oxford Being a cheetah researcher in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, I’m often asked how many cheetahs there are in the region. It’s an important question, especially for conservation as it is crucial to accurately estimate population sizes and to monitor trends into the future. In the early 1900s it was believed that …

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