ALERT has co-authored an article that has been published in the journal Communicative & Integrative Biology with Charles Sturt and Coventry Universities. The article “Behavioral correlates between daily activity and sociality in wild and captive origin African lions” compared behaviour of the Dambwa and Ngamo prides with those of a wild pride.
Lead author and ALERT Facilitated Research student, Emma Dunston, concludes that the study “extends our understanding of lion behaviour by revealing the differences that occur at an age level in sociality and behaviour. Comparisons between prides indicate that these age associated behavioural phenotypes are unaffected by captivity. These comparisons are important in ensuring specific sub-groups have species and age appropriate behaviours. Long term, this will allow us to assess these and other captive origin prides, ensuring that age groups perform behaviours at appropriate levels through the developmental stages of cub to adult. This is critical to ensuring that candidates for ex-situ reintroduction are behaviourally apt for survival.”
The full article can be read here.