A national action plan for lions, endorsed by Dr. Kifle, Director General of the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority, was launched today (19th April 2012) at a press conference held at the Wildlife Rescue, Conservation, and Education Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Similar plans for cheetah and wild dogs were also launched at the event.
The plans were developed during national workshops by the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority together with representatives from key NGOs
“These two strategies will serve as roadmaps to conserve Ethiopia’s cheetahs, wild dogs, and lions,” said Dr. Sarah Durant, WCS Conservationist and Zoological Society of London Senior Research Fellow. “We are confident that the national action plans released today will go a long way in ensuring the conservation of these species for future generations.”
The African lion is the national symbol of Ethiopia, but are also the principle predator of domestic livestock and present a risk to human life. Ethiopia plays an important role in the species’ distribution pattern with the southern part of the country providing a crucial link in the connectivity between East and Central African lion populations.
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