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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...

Lion Ecology

Lion Ecology

The Ecology of the African Lion Lion populations differ ecologically, even within an eco-system. The inter-relationships of habitat and prey with lion ecology, sociality, and behaviour are obvious and striking. Habitat Selection Lions have a wide habitat tolerance;...

The Ecological Role of Lions

The Ecological Role of Lions

The ecological importance of lions (Panthera leo) in top-down processes within terrestrial ecosystems; the negative impacts of their loss The predator-prey equilibrium of any terrestrial ecosystem is dependent upon both ‘bottom-up’ (food resources) and ‘top-down’...

Facts About Lions For Kids

Facts About Lions For Kids

The lion is the King of Beasts and husband of the lioness. Gazelles and things on which he feasts address him as your high-o-ness. There are those that admire that roar of his, in the African jungles and velds, But, I think that wherever the lion is, I'd rather be...

Canned Hunting

Canned Hunting

Canned Lion Hunting The concept of “canned hunting” of animals like lions has recently come under a microscope dialled to the optical level of “extensive scrutiny”. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A canned hunt is a trophy hunt which is not "fair chase"; it has...