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90% drop in Africa’s lion population in 20 years!!!!

Posted in Africa: Lions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2010 by kendickjerkins

For many years there has been a general attitude prevailing (even amongst wildlife authorities) that lions and leopards particularly, as well as other predators, have been able to look after themselves and that some how they would always be around and that wild Africa would allow them to roam freely as they always have.  Somehow the lion and leopard have been largely ignored in all of this and the wild African lion population, which was estimated at between 150,000-200,000 in the 1980’s, has plummeted in the last two decades to between 18,000 and 25,000 today. It is thought that Kenya holds about 10% of that figure. And yet, unlike elephants (a far more numerous species), lions have no protection under the international accord governing such matters.

Credit:  James Weis

Much spotlight and huge international reaction was drawn to the dreadful elephant and rhino poaching of the 1970’s and 1980’s which resulted in a dramatic turn around. In addressing the appalling losses through poaching of these two species Richard Leakey spearheaded a massive campaign to combat the poaching and also harnessing the huge attention and funding that his efforts and those of many others generated. This all resulted in dramatically reducing the poaching in Kenya, international bans on ivory and rhino horn and species protection policies that are still much in place today where these species exist. Why can’t this be done today for the predators? Do these incredibly valuable and beautiful species have to be reduced in numbers to where they only exist in National Parks and sanctuaries? Or can they still roam wild and free in large areas like the wildland habitat surrounding Masai Mara? Importantly the Masai Mara region holds more than one third of the entire lion population of Kenya. This makes it all the more valuable to protect.

Credit: James Weis

We don’t have much time. The biggest threat isn’t hunters, poachers or poison makers — it is our own complacency, the lazy hope that someone else is taking care of the great beasts of Africa. Lions and other large predators are disappearing even as we learn more about the collapse of entire ecosystems. The $200 billion a year reaped from ecotourism will be lost, causing suffering among communities all over Africa that rely on this trade.

Credit: James Weis

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Africa’s lion population is falling

Posted in Africa: Lions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2010 by kendickjerkins

The lion is Africa’s best known carnivore. Once widely abundant across the continent, recent surveys show that lion populations have plunged from over 100,000 individuals to around 23,000 over the past century. The reason for recent declines? Lions are poisoned, shot, and speared by locals who see them as a threat to livestock. While lion populations in protected areas remain relatively healthy, conservationists say that without urgent measures, lions may disappear completely from unprotected areas.

Snares are set to catch lions both to “preserve” livestock, and to collect hides.

Big game hunters from around the world travel to Africa for a chance to take down the “King of Beasts” so that they can mount its head on their wall.

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2009 tough year for poachers

Posted in Africa: Elephants, Africa: Lions with tags , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Illegal hunting cases in Serengeti National Park have increased by seven per cent since 2002 but within this fiscal year alone a total of 1028 poachers were arrested.

“In the last seven years we have also managed to disable around 480,000 traps that were laid by illegal hunters targeting some species of animals but ending up killing both the intended and unintended wild animals,” Mr. Mtango Mtahiko the Chief Park Warden for Serengeti told a parliamentary committee that visited the area recently.

Big game hunting for trophies is another source of the rampant poaching problem in Africa.  I sure hope that lion head looks good on the mantle place.

An increase in poaching arrests over the past seven years is an indication as to the rise of the deaths of more and more of Africa’s large, endangered, wild species.

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Lion poaching on the increase…

Posted in Africa: Lions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2009 by Dori G

With dwindling numbers,  rapid habitat loss including poisoning by farming communities, increasingly high numbers of  lions are being both targeted and have become victims of  reckless snaring. Below are some heart breaking images:

Video of poachers caught in the Mara Triangle with a young freshly skinned lion. As you can see his main has not fully developed yet.

Snared lioness

Zimbabwe Suspends Hunting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 2, 2009 by kendickjerkins

The Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (ZPWMA) has suspended all hunting permits in an effort to curb the rampant killing of endangered species such as rhinos. The parks authority suspects that some hunters are using fraudulent documents to kill wildlife especially black and white rhinos as well as elephants.

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