lions

First Lion Sighting in Chad’s Sena Oura National Park After 20-Year Absence

First Lion Sighting in Chad’s Sena Oura National Park After 20-Year Absence

After a 20-year absence, a lioness has been spotted in Chad’s Sena Oura National Park, marking a significant milestone for conservation efforts in the region. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature had declared lions as extinct in the park, which is located near Chad’s border with Cameroon. The news of the lioness’s sighting…

Ecology of fear in a South African savanna

Ecology of fear in a South African savanna

South African ungulates, or hooved mammals, react differently to different species of predators. Experiments by a research team have demonstrated that the behavioural responses of ungulates to large predators can shape ecosystem structure and function. Most such studies have concentrated on the impacts of either just one large carnivore, or all as a whole, rather…

Lions are less likely to attack cattle with eyes painted on their backsides

Lions are less likely to attack cattle with eyes painted on their backsides

The predation of livestock by carnivores, and the retaliatory killing of carnivores as a result, is a major global conservation challenge. Such human-wildlife conflicts are a key driver of large carnivore declines and the costs of coexistence are often disproportionately borne by rural communities in the global south. While current approaches tend to focus on…

Lion conservation strategies start with good counts

Lion conservation strategies start with good counts

New research published this month indicates that lion populations in Africa may be lower than current estimates suggest. The research, a collaboration involving University of Queensland and Griffith University, published in Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution,and Ecological Solutions and Evidence, found that current lion counting methods for research/conservation purposes may be overestimating lion numbers and densities. Lead author…