Archive for Trophy Hunting

Tattoo of the Day

Posted in Tattoo of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2010 by Caroline Thompson

 

Tattoo by Oleg Turyanskiy.

 

A few interesting facts about lions:

  • Every lion has ‘whisker spots’.  The whisker spots for the top row of whiskers differ between individuals and remains constant throughout their life.  Researchers often use this unique pattern to identify individuals in a pride.
  • Lions have 30 teeth!
  • Male lions are 20-35% larger than females and 50% heavier.  Some believe their mane makes them look bigger and protects him from bites and scratches when fighting with male for control of a pride.  Researchers have also found that the size and coloration of the mane may serve as a sign of the male’s fitness to potential female mates.  It seems the ladies prefer fuller and darker manes!  Males’ large body size also means they eat more food.  Male lions can eat up to 43 kilograms (94.6 pounds) in a day, while a female may eat over 25 kg (55 pounds).
  • Most lions drink water daily if it is available, but can go up to five days without.  Those that live in arid areas appear to obtain the moisture they need from the stomach contents of their prey.
  • Water sources also offer a place to ambush prey because the pride is able to funnel potential victims into a smaller area.  These locations are favored by prides, and they will maintain presence over them for generations if possible.
  • Lions are classified as ‘vulnerable‘ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™.  Their numbers have been declining rapidly over the last few decades due to habitat loss, humans’ indiscriminate killing of lions, persecution from humans, and disease.  Trophy hunting is also beginning to emerge as a considerable threat to their existence, particularly through altering sex and age ratios and shifting pride dynamics.  Conservationists have warned that we could lose lions, an internationally recognized African icon, in as little as 20 years.

 

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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.

To read the full article and an interview with lion researcher Leela Hazzah click here

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.

Read the full article here