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Transcript of Preserving Lions
Why protect lions?
We like to look at them.
: control population size of prey species
Provide competition for other top predators
evolved to live in challenging environments
Able to hunt over large tracts of land
Utilize a large variety of prey and also scavenge
removal could drastically impact ecosystem
protection results in protection of many other species
: we only protect the species we can love
Threats to African Lions (panthera leo)
loss of habitat
protection of cattle and other livestock
human kills for: meat, local rituals, medicinal use in Asia, trophies
displacement of prey by livestock
Lions are the only felines that form social groups. Male lions form loose associations with a pride, driving away other males and killing off their cubs.
Maasai warriors traditionally kill lions in a rite of passage (olamayio).
Lions are one of the few human predators remaining on the planet.
400 human deaths in one decade in Tanzania alone.
Lions kill fewer humans during the stages of a full moon.
Lions are hard to count.
Lions of the Duba Plain hunt during the day.
Fence lion habitat.
Improve homestead fencing and lighting.
Turn Maasai warriors into Lion Guardians.
Increase natural parks and reserves / decrease habitat loss.
Pay locals to collect illegal snares.
Create domestic prides for hunting to protect wild prides.
Population size has decreased
by approximately 30% in last 20 years
Study before action!