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Research needs for lion conservation in West and Central Africa
The lion has historically probably been widespread at low densities in West and Central Africa, nowadays they are largely restricted to small isolated populations inside protected areas. The total number is probably between 1200 and 2700, the best possible guesstimate would be 1700. Mankind is the main cause for the suspected decline of lion populations, both inside and outside protected areas. Very little research has been done on West and Central African lions a few examples are summarized here. The international community is slowly becoming aware of threats to lions in the region and some initiatives for lion conservation have started.
A Chronicling of Long-Standing Carbofuran Use and its Menace to Wildlife in Kenya
Background on pesticide use and environmental monitoring in Kenya Measuring the conservation threat that deliberate poisoning poses to birds in Kenya: The case of pesticide hunting with Furadan in the Bunyala Rice Irrigation Scheme The role of carbofuran in the decline of lions and other carnivores in Kenya Threats of secondary Furadan poisoning to scavengers, especially vultures, in Kenya Forensic analysis of carbofuran in vultures and environmental samples collected from Laikipia and Isiolo districts Repercussions of pesticides (including carbofuran) on nontarget, beneficial insects and use of insects in forensic analyses in Kenya Analytical, legal and regulatory mechanisms in Kenya General conclusions on carbofuran use, misuse and monitoring in Kenya