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African Lion Database Annual Project Report April 2020

African Lion Database Annual Project Report April 2020

About the ProjectIt is generally understood that our knowledge of the status and trends in African Lion (Panthera leo) numbers is quite poor, and the collective ability of governments and the wider conservation community to identify priorities or to assess the impacts...

What do lions eat?

What do lions eat?

Lions are carnivores, this means they like meat They eat many different kinds of animals, known as prey.  Lions can eat a LOT!  Male lions will eat an average of 7kgs of food a day and lionesses 4.5kgs.  Both are capable of eating up to 15% of their body weight during...

Zambezi National Park: February 2020

Zambezi National Park: February 2020

Zambezi National Park Report on Wildlife Monitoring & Research January - February 2020 This report has been compiled by Miss Angela Ferguson (Conservation Research Manager - ALERT), Tafadzwa Shumba (Elephant Research Officer) and students on attachment with ALERT...

Chizarira Report: January 2020

Chizarira Report: January 2020

The ALERT Research Team at Chizarira National Park would like to acknowledge Wildlife Encounter and Antelope Park for their continued financial support towards conservation efforts at Chizarira National Park. The team is also grateful to Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife...

Lion Diseases

Lion Diseases

Endemic and epidemic diseases, viruses and parasites Impacting lion (Panthera leo) populations Introduction Diseases can be classified as endemic or epidemic dependant on their persistence in a population. Although lion populations can be affected by high mortality...

Lion Physiology

Lion Physiology

Physiology of the African Lion Body Size & Weight Lions are unusual amongst cats in displaying a striking sexual dimorphism due to the availability of a large number of females in grouped social structures allowing larger males to be able to monopolize breeding....

Lion Status Overview

Lion Status Overview

Species Status Overview Estimating African lion (Panthera leo) populations with any accuracy is difficult and involves many uncertainties. While the three main surveys to date all used different methods, it is widely accepted that lion populations in Africa are in...

Community Conservation Report August 2019

Community Conservation Report August 2019

The report compiled by the ALERT Community & Conservation Team 2019 (Rumbidzai Magwiro, Norman Moyo & Portia Dube) People & Wildlife Human-Wildlife Conflict Mitigation Six livestock attacks (5 cattle, 1 donkey and 8 goats) were recorded during the months...

Lion Depiction Across Ancient & Modern Religions

Lion Depiction Across Ancient & Modern Religions

Lions in Religion The oldest known animal-shaped sculpture ever found is a half-human half-lion, carved from the tusk of a mammoth during the upper Palaeolithic period in South Germany, 32,000 years ago.  It is possibly the eldest of the ancient gods, there is no...

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