Lion Conservation in West, Central and Horn of Africa

Lion Conservation in West, Central and Horn of Africa

Project Animal(s) : Lions(Panthera leo leo)
Project Category : Mammals
Project Region : Africa
Project Type : Conservation
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Project is timebound? : No

Dr Hans Bauer coordinates WildCRU’s West, Central and Horn of Africa Lion Project, undertaking research on the conservation of the threatened lion subspecies Panthera leo leo. The conservation status of these lions is precarious, with smaller numbers, lower densities and larger declines, compared to the subspecies Panthera leo melanochaita found in eastern and southern Africa. The project engages stakeholders with diverse professional and cultural backgrounds, including governmental staff, international NGOs, local communities, park managers and researchers.

At the turn of the century, very little was known about the distribution of these lions. Our work, together with that of our collaborators and other institutions, has helped identify and characterise the main lion populations and the associated threats. The project initially focused on support to several countries to develop National Lion Conservation Action Plans (i.e., Senegal, Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia and a regional action plan for the WAP-complex in Benin, Burkina Faso and Niger). Once the strategies and plans were in place, our focus shifted to implementation.

Project Agency : Wildlife Conservation Research Unit(WildCRU)

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Project Researcher : Dr Hans Bauer

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June 2018 Dinder, a forgotten corner of African wilderness: