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    Longterm, effective conservation of the African lion and its habitat across the continent for the benefit of all.
  1. I'm bemused by the 6 year rule. My belief, based upon literature published, is the 6 year rule estimates a lion to be 6 years or more based on mane size, nose pigmentation and other physical characteristics such as scars. This rule is in effect in many range states, from East Africa to South. But how can we confidently say such rules apply to lion from Selous to a lion in the Namib? Pride male age, tenure length, dispersal age, etc are going to vary amongst different populations so how can the "6 year rule" be used with confidence? I also would like to hear more about the the use of collar to the hunters benefit. The Desert Lion Project allows visitors to their website see lion movements and locations in real time and its been suggested this is how the lion was tracked. Does this mean collaring and research needs to also perhaps adhere to rules? Has anyone heard anymore on this rumour?
  2. I have read numerous reports about what many seem to think is a new predator deterrent created by a young Kenyan boy, Richard Turere. Its a fantastic, heart warming story about a young boy taking initiative and the result is an anecdotal conservation success. The 'Turere' system is simple, a handful of flashing LED lights, a solar panel and a motorcycle battery. Cheap to build and easy to manage. Numerous units have been installed around kraals in Kenya to deter lions from attacks at night and it would appear so far so good. What I've heard most interestingly is that this system is working for elephants too. A unit placed close to a crop field raided regularly by elephants has since had no incidents. Now a simple google search shows flashing lights are used for a plethora of animals; felids, canids, antelope, etc, and supposedly with no habituation, again this is all anecdotal though. I find it hard to believe that lights have not been used in Africa before young Richard's invention. Does anyone have any experience? Specifically with elephants? I recently heard of a gentleman in Lusaka who previously used such lights in Botswana very effectively against elephants once upon a time.
  3. And how long until we begin to see infiltration into wild populations as a source? Many are claiming there is no effect upon wild populations but I find it odd/non-coincidental that some images emerging from Kenya of lions killed in 'retaliation' are missing body parts and appear to have been harvested
  4. Fantatsic! Thanks very much. 'Kittykat23uk' are these your own images? If so would you like to message me your name for copyright of the image to be used on our website?
  5. Every year many people gather to fundraise for and celebrate World Rhino Day, World Tiger Day, International Polar Bear Day and more recently World Elephant Day. These annual markings draw attention to those species in jeopardy and help raise conservation awareness. Despite being the most iconic animal in the world, and suffering population estimates lower than those of the rhino, the elephant and the polar bear, there is no such recognition for the lion... The lion is an enduring symbol worldwide and has captivated our hearts throughout the millennia, but despite this fascination with the King of Beasts we appear to have complete disregard for their preservation. Knowledge of the lion's plight is few and far between, and many quite simply have never heard of the Asiatic sub species! Having been crowned the King of the Jungle the species is now dying a silent extinction. Their resonance throughout a plethora a cultures and ability to conjure up images of power, strength, prowess, nobility and divinity means many people find it hard to believe the lion is dying out. Does anyone ever connate the words 'vulnerable and 'endangered' when envisioning a lion? The global media are finally beginning to catch the dying lion's scent and reports are begin to circulate regarding their habitat loss, persecution and dramatic population declines. But it is coming too little too late. World Lion Day will be the first annual campaign to celebrate the lion's importance to us all culturally, symbolically, economically and ecologically. The theme is the global heritage of the lion and it is hoped that on the day itself, 10th august, nations will unite in their shared heritage of the species. As an independent campaign the day will act as a large awareness platform for the two species of lions and all those individuals and NGOs working to conserve them. A website has been recently launched alongside social media sites. What is needed now is more promotion/support from others and interest from other donor dependents who wish for WLD to support them by encouraging the general public to fundraise for them. Should any Safaritalk members be interested in becoming a supporter and/or beneficiary please email or
  6. I have read ad lib of very heavy poaching levels in Gujarat area and a less than suitable prey population for any viable lion pop. Does anyone know anymore regarding? And does anyone have direct contacts for the Lions of Gir Foundation?

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